Rhode Island’s Supreme Court has upheld a law that states abortion is a right in the state. The Court rejected a lawsuit by the pro-life group Servants of Christ for Life and individual pro-lifers who challenged the state’s Reproductive Privacy Act. In the ruling, the Court denied the humanity of preborn human beings.
The Reproductive Privacy Act was signed into law in 2019 by then-Governor Gina Raimondo and said the state can’t resrict the right to an abortion prior to fetal viability or after viability in the event that the mother’s health is at risk. Despite the fact that deliberately killing an undelivered child is never medically necessary, the law cemented it as a right in the state.
The pro-life plaintiffs sued and argued that they and other Rhode Island citizens should have been given the chance to vote against the abortion law in a referendum. Two of the plaintiffs also sought to file suits on behalf of their preborn babies, arguing that the law erased their rights, according to Reuters.
The Court ruled that there was no right to a referendum and that the adult plaintiffs had not been harmed by the law and therefore had no standing to sue. It also ruled that the unborn children were not “persons” and could therefore not bring legal claims against a law but also ruled that those undelivered babies had no standing because they were not harmed by the law either — because they were born before the case was concluded.
Attorney for the plaintiffs, Diana Messere Magee, said that her clients are considering appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I do not subscribe to the entirety of the language in the majority’s opinion that leads to that dispositive holding,” Servants of Christ for Life President Tyler Rowley said. “Despite this decision by the R.I. Supreme Court, we will continue to speak for the children who cannot speak for themselves.”
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