I spent last weekend at the duck races talking to our neighbors about protecting the right to abortion. I had many wonderful conversations. I also talked to some people who were uncertain about the need to take action, so I wanted to share my take on the urgency to pass a bill this year.
There are more than 20 cases making their way to the Supreme Court that could result in overturning Roe v. Wade. That would mean that each state would decide whether to provide the right to safe, legal abortion care.
The Reproductive Health Care Act (S 152A) would codify Roe, remove unconstitutional laws from the books and affirm the legal right to abortion until fetal viability. Abortion later in pregnancy would be provided only in cases where the life or the health of the pregnant person is in jeopardy — not at any stage of pregnancy as the opposition claims.
I experienced life before Roe. We can’t go back to a time when thousands of women died as a result of illegal abortions. S. 152A will ensure we can all manage our health, plan our families and control our futures.
Please, take a moment to call Sen. Algiere at 401-222-2708 and ask him to do all he can as Minority Leader and our state senator to get this bill to the governor’s desk. We should not watch our rights be trampled on or taken away at the federal level or ignored in our own state.