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August 17, 2016 By
Across the nation, lawmakers are attacking reproductive rights at an alarming pace. Here in Rhode Island, we face many of the same challenges. In its 2016 “Who Decides?” scorecard, NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Rhode Island an “F” rating – the same grade received by Texas. Without lawmakers who protect our rights, our ability to fight for comprehensive health care and sexuality education will be at greater risk than ever before.
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Only 1/3 of the Rhode Island General Assembly publicly supports the right to abortion1
The Rhode Island Constitution explicitly denies the right to abortion: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to grant or secure any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.”2
Each year, our opponents introduce dozens of bills to restrict reproductive rights, like bans on specific procedures and mandatory ultrasounds
Rhode Island law prevents state employee’s health insurance from covering abortion services (that’s over 14,000 Rhode Islanders)3
State law bans payment for abortion services for low-income women covered by Medicaid (that’s over 210,000 Rhode Islanders)4
Rhode Island still has laws on the books that have been declared unconstitutional by the courts, including an abortion spousal notification requirement, a ban on all commercial health insurance covering abortion, and bans on certain abortion procedures.5
This year, the Supreme Court once again upheld the Constitutional right to abortion. In its 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Court struck down dangerous restrictions on abortion providers in Texas. This is an important victory, one that moves the fight for reproductive freedom forward. But the fight is not finished.
This is only the beginning of the election season, and we have a long road ahead of us. Help elect candidates to the General Assembly who will defend and promote reproductive freedom by making a gift to PPVotes!RIPAC.
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1 According to analysis by PPV!RI
2 Consitution http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/RiConstitution/3 Rhode Island General Laws § 36-12-2.1
4 RIGL § 42-12.3-3 and EOHHS 2014 Annual Medicaid Report
5 Rhode Island General Laws § 23-4.8-2, 27-18-28, and 23-4.12-1