House to vote on Equality in Abortion Coverage Act

This is a file image of the Rhode Island State House. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The House of Representatives will consider the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act on Thursday.

Majority Whip Katherine Kazarian introduced the bill in February 2022. The legislation would provide abortion coverage for Rhode Island residents on Medicaid, as well as state employees.

“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 a meeting in March.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed the bill in a 10-4 vote. If passed, the bill will then be sent to the Senate.

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