MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Senate has voted to repeal a series of anti-abortion laws that courts found unconstitutional decades ago. One of the laws dated from the mid-19th century.
The Senate gave the measure repealing the old laws preliminary approval on a voice vote Thursday without any members speaking in opposition to the change.
One section repealed called for 20 years in prison for helping a woman with an abortion if she died as a result, or 10 years if she survived.
Another section repealed called for 10 years in prison for anyone advertising or selling a substance designed to cause a miscarriage.