Rhode Island Abortion Anti-Coercion Act (S 2536)
Last updated: Apr 29, 2016
S 2536 would require any private office, freestanding surgical outpatient clinic or other facility, or clinic in which abortions, other than abortions necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant female, are performed to post a sign informing patients that it is against the law to coerce a person into getting an abortion.
The sign should read:
“Notice: It is against the law for anyone, regardless of his or her relationship to you, to force you to have an abortion. By law, we cannot perform an abortion on you unless we have your freely given and voluntary consent. It is against the law to perform an abortion on you against your will. You have the right to contact any local or state law enforcement agency to receive protection from any actual or threatened physical abuse or violence.”
A facility in which abortions are performed that is a private office or a freestanding surgical outpatient clinic would need to post the required sign in each patient waiting room and patient consultation room used by patients on whom abortions are performed.
A hospital or any other facility in which abortions are performed that is not a private office or freestanding surgical outpatient clinic would need to post the required sign in each patient admission area used by patients on whom abortions are performed.
If the pregnant patient is a minor, the attending physician would need to inform the patient that no one can force the minor to have an abortion and that an abortion cannot be performed on the minor unless they provides their freely given, voluntary and informed consent. The minor would then need to certify in writing that they received this information.
Any private office, freestanding surgical outpatient clinic or other facility, or clinic that fails to post a required sign in knowing, reckless, or negligent violation of this provision would be assessed a fine of $10,000 for each violation.