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1/15/2019 Rep. Williams bill would codify privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by Roe v. Wade
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) introduced legislation (2019-H 5125) 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 need it.”

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).

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903