Dubie Ducks Abortion Rights Question on VPR | News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Dubie Ducks Abortion Rights Question on VPR 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie would not be pinned down on the abortion rights question in yesterday's on-air VPR debate.

When Democrat Peter Shumlin asked him whether he'd sign or veto legislation restricting a woman's right to choose, Dubie, who is staunchly pro-life, ducked the question by saying his campaign is all about jobs.

"I’m not going to answer every hypothetical," Dubie said. "It’s a federal issue. The state of Vermont is not going to overturn federal law. What you’re trying to do is divert Vermonters from the issues.”

Shumlin replied, "I'm not buying it."

The thing is, it's not hypothetical. Legislation requiring parental notification or parental consent for minors to get abortions has apparently been introduced in the Vermont statehouse annually for the last two decades. Governors and legislative leaders supportive of abortion rights have continually stopped these bills in their tracks.

Today, Vermont is one of only 17 states without parental notification and/or parental consent laws on the books.

Would it be different if the governor was pro-life?

Dubie was cagey too when Seven Days asked him the abortion question during an interview for a candidate profile I wrote back in July. But after he was pressed, Dubie gave a clear, if somewhat noncommittal, answer. Here's how it went:

Seven Days: Do you support as policies either a parental notification or parental consent law for Vermont?

Brian Dubie: Well, you know. This comes up from time to time in the legislature. My agenda is to grow jobs. That's my agenda. So really the agenda that I'm putting forward as Vermont's next governor is to grow jobs. Tha's why I'm running for governor.

SD: But if this legislation were to find its way through the legislature, you'd be in the governor's office. You'd be in the position of either signing, vetoing or doing nothing.

Dubie: I'm supportive of involving parents in everything as it relates to their children. I have always been supportive of parental involvement in educational issues, certainly in health issues. I would be generally supportive of that legislation. My agenda is to grow jobs.

One or more images has been removed from this article. For further information, contact web@sevendaysvt.com.
Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Tags: ,

More By This Author

About The Author

Andy Bromage

Andy Bromage

Andy Bromage was a Seven Days staff writer from 2009-2012, and the news editor from 2012-2013.

Comments (16)

Showing 1-10 of 16


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Latest in News

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation