Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Signs Bill Allowing Abortion Up to Birth

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Catholic, signed a bill Wednesday that legalizes abortion up to the birth, sparking outrage among pro-life lawmakers and activists.

The Reproductive Privacy Act allows late-term abortions on viable unborn babies, including partial-birth and dismemberment abortions, The Associated Press reports.

The bill codifies federal abortion rights guaranteed under the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision and stipulates that “Neither the state, or any of its agencies, or political subdivisions shall restrict an individual person from preventing, commencing, continuing, or terminating that individual’s pregnancy prior to fetal viability.”

Raimondo, a professing Catholic, signed the bill into law shortly after it was approved by the General Assembly, declaring that it was the “right thing to do.” The state Senate voted for the measure, 21-17. All five Republican senators voted against the measure along with 12 Democrats.

“When this bill becomes law, women and their families across Rhode Island will be free from the fear that the reproductive health care they need today will be illegal tomorrow,” Raimundo said in a statement. “We owe this certainty to every Rhode Island woman — and the bill before me today provides exactly that.”

Republican senators tried to amend the bill, but Democrats blocked their proposals, the AP reports. The rejected amendments included a provision that triggered the bill only if Roe v. Wade is repealed, and one requiring the administering of anesthesia to unborn babies before ending their lives.

Republican Sen. Elaine Morgan expressed dismay that some of the amendments didn’t pass, stating, “We have to go out of the country to adopt a baby. We don’t have enough babies in this country because we’re killing them all and now we’re allowing it to happen almost to birth.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett