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PPV!RI promises to continue the fight for the basic human right for all people to control their own bodies and determine their own future.

Statement by Amanda Skinner, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island:

 “Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island (PPV!RI) is disappointed that the Senate Judiciary Committee did not vote on the Reproductive Privacy Act of 2019 (H 5125 Sub B) today. We thank Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Erin Lynch Prata and our champions for reproductive rights, including Senator Gayle Goldin and the sponsors of the Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA), for continuing to fight for reproductive freedom.

“We look forward to Thursday’s vote in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. We thank Chairman Josh Miller for his enduring commitment to reproductive freedom. The people of Rhode Island deserve a vote by the full Senate and need to know where their elected officials stand on this critically important issue.

“This year, countless Rhode Islanders have shown up at the State House and at events across the state demanding action to protect access to safe, legal abortion in. Listening to the people, the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, passed the RPA on March 7th with a vote of 44-30. Now, we need a vote in the Senate. 

“It is more urgent than ever for Rhode Island to act. Across the country, states like Georgia and Louisiana are enacting unconstitutional bans on abortion as part of a coordinated effort to bring cases to Trump’s Supreme Court. Their intention is clear: to overturn Roe v. Wade and four decades of precedent protecting the right abortion. We cannot afford to wait.

“Let’s be clear: abortion is health care, reproductive care is health care, and health care is a human right. 

“Planned Parenthood will be back every day this session to continue the fight for the basic right to make decisions about one’s own body and control one’s own future.”