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Governor Peter Shumlin Issued the Following Statement for Today's UNITE Women Vermont's Montpelier Rally


Location: Montpelier, VT

"We must all stand up for women when we find that their most basic rights are under attack.

At a time when Vermonters and Americans are focused on job creation and economic security, we have been forced back into a national conversation about the same issues my mother fought for in the 1960s, and won. It is almost beyond belief that we are still having a debate in this country about the right of a woman to access contraceptives. I stand with you to say no person, organization, or government should restrict this choice. Just as frightening are the countless pieces of proposed legislation around the country attempting to rob women of basic reproductive health care rights and cut family planning funding for low-income patients. I stand with you against these draconian laws. Currently there is a debate in Washington about whether to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act. I stand with you to tell Congress to act decisively and protect women against the threat of domestic and sexual violence.

Rather than regressing to a painful time in our history when women did not receive fair treatment, we should be continuing to move forward by working to ensure that women have more access to educational programs traditionally dominated by men, that they run for political office, and receive equal compensation for their work.

This is an optimistic, hopeful and innovative nation. In Vermont and the United States, it is clear that we have an extraordinarily bright future if we continue to respect the rights and individual choices of all people, regardless of their gender."

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