PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee signed an executive order Tuesday protecting abortion reproductive health care providers and patients statewide.

The executive order safeguards patients traveling to Rhode Island for receive reproductive health services from prosecution. It also shields reproductive health care providers who perform abortions on out-of-state patients from legal liability.

“Women should be trusted with their own health care decisions, and here in Rhode Island, we firmly support a right to choose,” McKee said.

McKee said the executive order, “ensures that Rhode Island will continue to stand up for reproductive health care, especially in response to the shameful U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.”

The executive order also prohibits Rhode Island Executive Department agencies from collaborating with other states’ investigations into abortion providers and their patients.

Rhode Island will not cooperate with extradition requests from other states that are pursuing charges against those who receive or perform abortion procedures, according to the executive order.

For providers specifically, the executive also order ensures that they won’t lose their professional licenses or become subject to discipline on out-of-state charges.

“This executive order will ensure that anyone seeking this type of care anywhere in the country can do so in Rhode Island without fear of consequence,” Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos said.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, ending constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place for nearly 50 years. The ruling, in turn, punts the decision to permit abortions back to the states.

Both Rhode Island and Massachusetts codified Roe v. Wade into state law in anticipation of such a ruling. McKee joins Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who signed a similar executive order a few hours after the Supreme Court’s decision.