Radical Bill to Expand Abortion on Demand Through Birth Fails in RI Senate Committee

May 14, 2019
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77% of Rhode Island Voters, Including Large Majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Pro-choice Voters, Oppose Allowing Abortions up to Birth

Washington, D.C. –  Today a bipartisan majority of the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee rejected S152 Sub. A, a New York-style bill that would expand unlimited late-term abortion in the Ocean State, moving to hold the House version of the bill for study. Leading up to the vote, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) conducted polling and generated hundreds of constituent phone calls in opposition to the bill.

“We are pleased to see Rhode Island lawmakers vote against this radical bill, rather than go down the path of New York by expanding abortion on demand through birth,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “More than three in four Rhode Island voters – Democrats, Independents, women, and a strong majority of self-described pro-choice voters – agree this legislation is too extreme. We especially thank the Democrat committee members who listened to their constituents and stood up to the abortion lobby, and we urge the legislature to reject any further attempt to enshrine a ‘right’ to abortion on demand in Rhode Island.”

S152 Sub. A would allow abortion on demand through birth – including gruesome partial-birth abortions and dismemberment abortions on pain-capable unborn children – for any reason, prevent meaningful regulation of the abortion industry, and even strip legal protections for unborn children killed during violent crimes against pregnant mothers.

A poll released earlier this month by Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and Rhode Island Right to Life found that:

  • 73 percent of Rhode Island voters – including 63 percent of Democrats, 77 percent of Independents, and 56 percent of self-described pro-choice voters – oppose late-term abortions in general.
  • When told that the legislature is considering a bill that would allow abortions up until birth, for any reason, fully 77% of Rhode Island voters – including 69 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of Independents, 80 percent of women, and 62 percent of self-described pro-choice voters – say they oppose allowing abortions up until birth.

SBA List is a network of more than 700,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.




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