RI Governor Signs Radical Expansion of Abortion on Demand Through Birth into Law

June 20, 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. – Yesterday Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law legislation that expands late-term abortion through the moment of birth in the state. 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.

SBA List slammed the law in a statement:

“It is extremely disappointing to see Rhode Island lawmakers cave to pressure from the abortion lobby to pass this radical bill,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “More than three in four Ocean State voters – Democrats, Independents, women, and a strong majority of self-described pro-choice voters – agree expanding late-term abortions is too extreme. Rhode Islanders should not be fooled by the smokescreen of ‘compromise’: this law expands abortion on demand through the moment of birth. We thank all the legislators, especially the many courageous Democrats who stood firm in their opposition and fought for the will of their constituents.”

A poll released last 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 787,000 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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