Nearly eight hours of testimony from 65 people was heard in the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday night.
The House Judiciary Committee heard from 34 people who were there in support of the Reproductive Health Care Act (RHCA) and in opposition to five bills that would further curb access to reproductive rights, including abortion.
Representative Edith Ajello (Democrat, District 1, Providence) introduced the the RHCA, which would “protect the abortion rights articulated by Roe v Wade by eliminating unconstitutional chapters of state law that contradict the findings of that case.”
Here is the video of everyone who spoke in support of choice:
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The House Judiciary Committee heard from 31 people who were there in opposition to the Reproductive Health Care Act (RHCA) and in support of five bills that would further curb access to reproductive rights, including abortion.
Legislators introduced the following five bills:
- H7180, from Representative James McLaughlin (Democrat, District 57, Central Falls), is a House resolution recognizing the fetus as a human life upon the existence of a heartbeat
- H7026, from Representative Arthur Corvese (Democrat, District 55, North Providence), defines and prohibits dismemberment abortions with certain exceptions.
- H7735, from Representative Camille Vella Wilkinson (Democrat, District 21, Warwick), makes the practice of aiding a minor in the process of getting an abortion a civil and criminal offense.
- H7113, from Representative Ramon Perez (Democrat, District 13, Providence, Johnston), criminalizes the knowing and intentional failure of a physician, nurse, or other licensed medical person to provide reasonable medical care and treatment to an infant born alive a felony and manslaughter if the infant dies.
- H7164, also from Perez, enacts the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act and provide for the duties and obligations of medical personnel in certain circumstances.
Here is the video of everyone who spoke in opposition to choice:
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