The Rhode Island House voted on Friday to pass the Reproductive Privacy Act in a vote of 44-30. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Anastasia Williams, will allow abortion up until birth and will remove all protections for preborn children — including removing a statute that would allow an assailant to be criminally charged with the killing of a preborn baby against the mother’s will.
Under the guise of protecting women’s health, the Reproductive Privacy Act will allow abortions for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. Barbaric abortions for healthy mothers on viable children who are capable of surviving outside of the womb will be completely legal in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned, which was the mission of Williams and her fellow pro-abortion House members.
Unlike a separate pro-abortion bill introduced in Rhode Island – The Reproductive Health Care Act – The Reproductive Privacy Act will keep the ban on partial-birth abortion and keep the parental notification law intact; however, it will add grandparents and siblings to the list of people able to approve of a teen’s abortion.
Planned Parenthood supported the Reproductive Health Care Act, not the Reproductive Privacy Act, which is the one that passed on Friday. Planned Parenthood had argued that “the RPA would not adequately protect Rhode Islanders’ right to safe, legal abortion.”
Now nothing is protecting preborn children in Rhode Island from being dismembered or injected with medication to cause a heart attack.
The Reproductive Privacy Act still has to get through the Rhode Island Senate before heading to the desk of Governor Gina Raimondo, a Catholic, who is likely to sign it into law.
House Minority Leader Blake Filippi voted against the bill, saying that it isn’t about Roe v. Wade.
“We should not be de-valuing a third-trimester viable fetus to the point where it doesn’t have any legal status,” said Filippi. According to ABC 6, this is in reference to the “quick child statute” that protects preborn children if the mother is hurt and the baby dies as a result. That statute allows prosecutors to charge an assailant with killing the preborn child. If the bill does become law, this statute will no longer exist.
“We’re repealing a criminal statute in this bill so I think it’s completely acceptable instead of repeal the criminal act, reform the criminal act,” argued Filippi. He proposed an amendment to the bill that would allow the quick child statute to stand. Pro-abortion representatives turned down that amendment, along with others.
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