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

(Providence, RI) – “As the vile attacks on reproductive rights escalate across the nation, Rhode Island is poised to set an example by protecting an individual’s right to control their own body and their own future. Unfortunately, Senator Stephen Archambault has decided the lies and distortions of those who seek to ban safe, legal abortion will give him cover to have it both ways. In putting forward his alternative bill, Senator Archambault continues to propagate misinformation aimed at manipulating people and fomenting fear. 

“Abortion care later in pregnancy is extremely rare and women and their families in these situations often face devastating decisions. They deserve compassion and support – and certainly not politicians telling them what to do or attempting to imprison their physicians. How dare Senator Archambault think he knows better than women and their doctors when it comes to their own decisions and lives?

“This alternate bill demonstrates a clear mistrust of women. Let me be clear - you cannot call yourself pro-choice while supporting a bill that insults the dignity of women, criminalizes abortion providers, retains unconstitutional restrictions on the law books, and undermines the basic legal foundations that protect safe, legal abortion. We urge all Senators – especially those on the Judiciary Committee – to support The Reproductive Health Care Act (S 152A) and reject legislation based on the same manipulative and misogynistic lies of President Trump.”