STATE HOUSE — The RI General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee has passed the Reproductive Privacy Act enshrining the protections of a woman’s right to an abortion established in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Roe vs. Wade, setting the measure up for a vote on the House Floor.
The issue found Warwick Reps Evan Shanley, (D-Dist. 24), James Jackson (D-Dist. 26) and Camille Vella Wilkenson, (D – Dist. 21) at odds, with the latter voting against the measure.
Voting in favor of the bill were Committee members Rep. Robert Craven, (D-Dist. 32) Rep. Evan Shanley, (D-Dist. 24), Rep. Carol Hagen McEntee, (D-Dist. 33),Rep. Joseph Almeida, (D-Dist. 12) Rep. Dennis Canario, (D-Dist. 71) Rep. Julie Casimro, (D-Dist. 31) Rep. John Edwards, (D-Dist. 70) Rep. James Jackson (D-Dist. 26) and Rep. Daniel McKiernan, (D-Dist.7) , according to according to Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34) who tweeted the vote Tuesday night.
Opposed to the bill were Rep. Blake Filippi, (R-Dist. 36) Rep. Arthur Corvese, (D-Dist. 55) Rep. Christoper Millea, (D-Dist. 16), Rep. Thomas Noret, (D-Dist. 25) Rep. David Place, (R-Dist. 47) Rep. Sherry Roberts, (R-Dist. 29) and Rep. Camille Vella Wilkenson, (D – Dist. 21)
Rep. Anastasia P. Williams(D-Dist. 9, Providence) introduced the legislationin January.
It also repeals several statestatutes long-declared unconstitutional and provides updates to the state’sparental consent law to include adult siblings and grandparents.
“Enacting this legislation would send a clearmessage that, even in the face of threats at the national level, Rhode Islandwill stand strong in protecting women’s access to critical reproductiveservices and will remain resolute in ensuring a woman’s privacy in making herown health care decisions” added Representative Williams.
Other House cosponsors of thebill include Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence), Rep.Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket), Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59,Pawtucket), and Rep. Evan P. Shanley (D-Dist. 24, Warwick).