STATE HOUSE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9,
Providence) introduced legislation that would codify in state law the privacy
rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court
in the case Roe v. Wade and its constitutional progeny.
“With growing threats to reproductive rights from our
federal government, the time is now for a new approach to passing legislation
protecting a woman's right to choose and enshrining those principles in our
state laws” said Representative Williams. “This legislation is all about
making sure that, regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C., Rhode Island
women will have safe, legal access to reproductive health care when and if they
Representative Williams’ bill, the Reproductive Privacy Act,
would codify in state law the rights guaranteed by the Supreme Court in Roe v.
Wade and subsequent cases. It also repeals several state statutes
long-declared unconstitutional and provides updates to the state’s parental
consent law to include adult siblings and grandparents.
“Enacting this legislation would send a clear message that,
even in the face of threats at the national level, Rhode Island will stand
strong in protecting women’s access to critical reproductive services and will
remain resolute in ensuring a woman’s privacy in making her own health care
decisions” added Representative Williams.
Other House cosponsors of the bill 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).