Both sides weigh in following historic House vote on abortion bill


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Reaction from supporters and opponents of a controversial abortion rights bill is pouring in after the House passed the legislation Thursday night.

The bill, called the Reproductive Privacy Act, passed 44-30 Thursday night. Sponsored by Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams of Providence, the legislation states that a woman has the right to obtain an abortion in Rhode Island until the fetus is viable, and can also terminate a pregnancy after that point in time “when necessary to preserve the health or life of that individual.” It also reaffirms the federal ban on so-called “partial-birth abortion.”

Demonstrators, both for and against the bill, filled the State House Rotunda outside as lawmakers debated several amendments to the legislation.

In this week’s episode of Newsmakers, Providence College Professor Holly Coolman and Rabbi Sarah Mack voiced their opinions on the historic vote.

In the above video, Tim White hears from both sides of the debate and discusses what’s next for the bill.

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