The Rhode Island Supreme Court is closing its review of a state abortion law on the same week the country was jolted by the news of a possible repeal of Roe v. Wade. The state Supreme Court upheld a Superior Court dismissal of a challenge to the law passed in 2019 that protects the rights granted by the landmark case.
“I applaud the decision by the Rhode Island Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of our state’s Reproductive Privacy Act at a critical moment as our country contemplates the future of reproductive freedom," Attorney General Peter Neronha said.
“In 2019, I was proud to play a key role in our state’s codification of the important reproductive health care freedoms established by Roe vs. Wade and its progeny. We have now successfully defended the Reproductive Privacy Act against a meritless legal challenge that our Supreme Court dismissed today.
“The passage of the Reproductive Privacy Act and its continued viability ensures, during an uncertain national climate, that Rhode Island will not return to the days of illegal and unsafe abortions that put the lives of women in danger and created criminal liability for physicians,” according to Neronha.
The religious organization Servants of Christ for LIfe says the plaintiffs are considering whether to petition for appeal to the SCOTUS.
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