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Vt. Senate repeals old anti-abortion law

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - 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One section repealed called for 20 years in prison for helping a woman with an abortion if she died as a result, or 10 years if she survived.

Another section repealed called for 10 years in prison for anyone advertising or selling a substance designed to cause a miscarriage.

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