As the future of reproductive rights in the United States is threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court\u0026#039;s right-wing supermajority and a wave of anti-choice laws passed by states across the nation, some Democrat-led states are taking proactive steps to safeguard the right to choose in ways that go above and beyond affirmative legislation.\r\n\r\n\u0022In my mind, there should be no question where Vermont stands with regard to its core values and fundamental rights... they need to be enshrined in our state constitution.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis month, after upholding a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy—with no exceptions for rape or incest, and empowering vigilantes to enforce the statute—the Supreme Court heard arguments in\u0026nbsp;Dobbs v. Jackson Women\u0026#039;s Health Organization, a\u0026nbsp;case that the Center for Reproductive Rights said \u0022will decide the\u0026nbsp;fate\u0026nbsp;of abortion rights\u0026nbsp;in the U.S.\u0022\r\n\r\nWith a 6-3 conservative supermajority—thanks largely to the appointment of three anti-choice justices by former President Donald Trump—and with a dozen states\u0026nbsp;having already enacted so-called \u0022trigger laws\u0022 that would severely restrict or ban abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, reproductive rights advocates fear the worst. But they are also taking action.\r\n\r\n\u0022There is a lot of work to be done in order to shore up abortion rights and access,\u0022 Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst with the pro-choice research group Guttmacher Institute, told the Associated Press.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn California, Gov. Gavin Newsom, state lawmakers, reproductive healthcare providers, advocacy groups, and others have joined forces in a bid to make the Golden State an abortion refuge in the event of a Roe overturn.\r\n\r\nPredicting a wave of hundreds of thousands of people seeking the medical procedure if it is banned elsewhere, Newsom, a Democrat, said earlier this month that \u0022we\u0026#039;ll be a sanctuary.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We are looking at ways to support that inevitability and looking at ways to expand our protections,\u0022 he added. That means possibly funding travel, lodging, healthcare, and other expenses for people who choose to undergo abortions, according to a recent report from the California Future of Abortion Council, a group launched by the governor.\r\n\r\nVermont, which along with Oregon is the only state to pass laws affirming reproductive rights throughout pregnancy, is aiming to go even further. A proposed amendment to the state constitution—Proposal 5, or the Reproductive Liberty Amendment—easily passed both houses of the Democrat-dominated state Legislature in 2019.\r\n\r\nUnder Vermont law, lawmakers must approve a constitutional amendment during two successive legislative sessions with an election in between. The state House—which passed the bill by a vote of 106-38 in May 2019—is expected to vote on the measure next month.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nProposal 5 affirms that \u0022the right to reproductive liberty is central to the exercise of personal autonomy and involves decisions people should be able to make free from compulsion of the state,\u0022 and that \u0022enshrining this right in the constitution is critical to ensuring equal protection and treatment under the law and upholding the right of all people to health, dignity, independence, and freedom.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022In my mind, there should be no question where Vermont stands with regard to its core values and fundamental rights,\u0022 state Rep. Ann Pugh (D-59) told the Associated Press. \u0022And for those rights and responsibilities and values to be protected more definitively, they need to be enshrined in our state constitution.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I think there\u0026#039;s been a sense of complacency. I think this is a wake-up call. This is a clarion call to all of us.\u0022\r\n\r\nLucy Leriche, Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund\u0026#039;s vice president of public affairs, told VT Digger earlier this month that three years ago, many Vermonters questioned the need for a constitutional amendment to protect reproductive rights in one of the nation\u0026#039;s most progressive states. And in 2019, Vermont voters approved Act 47, a law which \u0022recognizes an individual\u0026#039;s fundamental right to reproductive choice.\u0022\r\n\r\nHowever, Leriche noted that laws can be overturned, and with Roe imperiled, she said \u0022the stars are aligned\u0022 for action.\r\n\r\n\u0022I think there\u0026#039;s been a sense of complacency,\u0022 she said. \u0022I think this is a wake-up call. This is a clarion call to all of us. And I think people are activated and waking up and realizing that this is not something we can take for granted.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I kind of can\u0026#039;t believe that we\u0026#039;re here after nearly a half a century of this,\u0022 Leriche added, \u0022this right being established and reaffirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, that we\u0026#039;re actually in a moment where our constitution has been politicized to the point where we are looking at taking away a fundamental right that people have had for nearly a half a century.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile Democrat-led states are taking action to affirm and expand abortion rights, advocates are also pressuring the U.S. Senate to codify Roe at the federal level by passing the House-approved Women\u0026#039;s Health Protection Act—even if it requires reforming or abolishing the filibuster.