Rhode Island Pro-Life State Legislative Alerts

House Bill Number 2019–H5555 — sponsored by Representatives Ajello, Knight, Kislak, Cassar, and Tanzi, which seeks to legalize Assisted Suicide in Rhode Island, has been scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, March 27, before the House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare. The hearing will be held in Room 101 at the “Rise of the House” — approximately 4:30 pm, and is expected to last late into the evening as there are many bills on the agenda.

If you have not yet done so, please click here to email your state Representative now.

For those who are able to come and testify in opposition to this bill, you may refer to the following links for helpful information:

  • Key Points for Debating Assisting Suicide
  • Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide
  • Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide FAQ

On the abortion front, our efforts continue to focus on the Senate Judiciary Committee. No committee vote has yet been scheduled on the bill (S 152 Substitute A – Goldin, et al.). In the meantime, here is what you can do:

  • First, we need pro-life individuals to join us at the State House every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Abortion proponents in pink shirts have been swarming the floor of the Senate in support of the bill. We need to match their efforts with passionate pro-life advocates wearing blue.
  • Second, abortion proponents are making phone calls to the office of the Senate President. We need to match them call for call beginning at 2:45 p.m. through 4:15 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The phone number for the office of the Senate President is (401) 222-6655 – simply state your name and town of residence and let them know that you oppose the extreme New York and Virginia style abortion expansion bill. If at first the line is busy, keep trying.
  • Third, please continue referring people to our online petition. Having more people sign the online petition will help us quickly turn out a maximum number of emails and phone calls if and when a vote is scheduled in the Senate.
  • Last, please follow us on Facebook to stay informed.

While much of the public outrage has revolved around the removal of protected legal status for an unborn child killed as a result of an attack on her mother, it is also important to remember the MANY other ways this bill expands abortion:

  • the enabling of late-term, post-viability abortions due to a vague definition of “viability” left solely to the determination of the “attending physician,” that is, the abortionist who stands to gain financially, as well as the lack of any definition for “health” and “necessary;”
  • the broad “non-interference” principle, which opens the door to tax-payer funding of abortion, non-physicians performing surgical abortions, deregulation of local abortion providers; and other not yet foreseeable consequences;
  • the erosion of parental consent laws by allowing consent from a grandparent or sibling;
  • the removal of the penalty for experimentation on human fetuses.

Beyond these and other serious, particular problems, there is the startling reality that — for the first time in history — Rhode Island law would create and recognize a “right” to take the life of an innocent human being through abortion even though our state Constitution explicitly disavows such a “right.”

Under present law, thousands of abortions are performed each year in Rhode Island. Sadly, this deplorable situation would not automatically change even if Roe v Wade were to be altered or overturned. It is cynical for abortion advocates to use fear, uncertainty, and doubt to push a New York / Virginia style abortion expansion bill in Rhode Island, making our state a haven for late term abortions.

Abortion proponents continue to lie about the level of public support. They falsely claim 71% support based on a poll conducted by the UNH Survey Center, which was rated as the second-least accurate pollster by 538.com data guru Nate Silver.

The poll asked just one question which did not even accurately characterize the legislation. A poll conducted around the same time by WPRI / RWU, with a similarly inaccurate characterization of the legislation, claimed only 49% support.

The most comprehensive poll on the question shows clearly that the overwhelming majority of Rhode Islanders oppose what this legislation does — a result that is consistent with decades of national polling data.

Thank you for doing everything you can to oppose this deceptive, barbaric, and extreme abortion agenda.