By Rhode Island Right to Life
House Bill 7193 provides that: “…any person, including, but not limited to, a minor who is pregnant, may give effective consent for medical, dental, health and hospital services relating to prenatal, delivery, and post-delivery care. Consent shall not be given pursuant to this subsection for abortion or sterilization.”
The proposed language creates a sweeping new exemption from parental consent for pregnant minors, girls as young as 12!
There are well-established reasons for parental decision making when it comes to the medical treatment of adolescents and children. The virtual nullification of parental involvement and consent proposed in H7193 goes too far. The “hard cases” cited by proponents in support of H7193 indicate the need for more protection — not less protection — for these vulnerable minors. See our position paper here.
While the bill has stalled and, we believe, will not move in its current form, a public campaign has been initiated by bill proponents. Thus, out of an abundance of caution, we are issuing this preemptive action alert. Please act now to email your state Representative, asking that they oppose H7193 unless it is amended with the narrowly crafted and more protective language proposed by RI Right to Life.
Time is short, please act now.