House committee to meet for several votes including abortion bill

The House Judiciary Committee hears testimony on the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act, March 6, 2023. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The House Judiciary Committee will meet for several votes on Thursday, including on the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act.

The committee will consider H5006, a bill that would provide for abortion coverage in the Medicaid program and repeal the abortion coverage exclusion for state employee insurance plans.

House Majority Whip Katherine Kazarian (D- 63, East Providence, Pawtucket) sponsors the bill, which was first introduced in February 2022.

“By not passing this legislation, we are saying people in Rhode Island have a right to reproductive care and privacy only if they can afford to pay for it,” Kazarian said at last month’s meeting. “This bill fixes an entrenched, classist belief that low-income women do not deserve the same access or dignity as high-income women.”

Legislators will meet to hear testimony at about 5 p.m. in Room 101 of the Rhode Island State House.

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