Concerning the present University of Vermont Medical Center policy regarding elective abortions

March 8, 2018

On behalf of community members and University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) staff who have reached out to me personally, I ask the UVMMC Board to rescind its decision to permit elective abortions and at their March 15 board meeting allow for open community and staff dialogue regarding this important decision.

UVMMC is a vital community partner and health care provider in our state and this decision will impact many supporters, care recipients and staff. Transparency regarding the decision-making process on this long-standing policy that impacts the larger community is important, especially for those that are morally conflicted including staff that now feel pressure to participate in abortions and patients who must receive medical care at a location where abortions are occurring.