Rhode Island lawmakers consider bill to protect abortion
By The Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Lawmakers in Rhode Island are seriously considering whether to enshrine abortion protections in state law, joining states around the country that are revisiting their laws in anticipation of renewed federal fights over abortion.
The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill codifying the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a nationwide right to abortion. It’s backed by many Democrats in the chamber.
If it passes, a floor vote could happen Thursday. A Senate bill is being modified to match. Activists are going to the State House on Tuesday to voice their support or opposition.
Results of the midterm elections buoyed supporters of abortion rights in several states, including Rhode Island.
Legislators in some other states are pushing for abortion bans, given the reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court.
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