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Rhode Island ‘Life Appropriations Act’ (H 5599)

This law was last updated on Mar 2, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice Model Bill

State

Rhode Island

Number

H 5599

Status

Proposed

Proposed

Feb 27, 2019

Topics

Funding Restrictions for Family Planning

Full Bill Text

webserver.rilin.state.ri.us

H 5599 would ban state funding of abortion. The bill would prohibit the state from awarding a grant to pay the direct or indirect costs of performing, inducing, referring, or counseling in favor of abortions, including without limitation:

  • Administrative costs and expenses;
  • Overhead costs;
  • Employee salaries;
  • Rent and mortgage payments; or
  • Telephone and other utility payments.

The bill claims that such appropriations constitute an endorsement of “nonsecular conduct that is inseparably linked to the religion of Secular Humanism.”

The bill would prohibit the state from granting, appropriating or distributing a grant to an individual or entity that performs, induces, refers or counsels, in favor of “convenience abortions.” The bill would also prohibit the state from distributing a grant to an affiliate of any such person or entity.

The bill defines “convenience abortion” to mean:

[…]an elective abortion that means the act of using or prescribing an instrument, medicine, drug, device or another substance or means with the intent to terminate the clinically diagnosable pregnancy of a woman with knowledge that the termination by those means will with reasonable likelihood cause the death of the unborn child.

An abortion would not be considered a “convenience abortion” when it is done to:

  • save the life of the pregnant person;
  • save the life or preserve the health of the fetus;
  • remove a fetus caused my a spontaneous abortion;
  • remove an ectopic pregnancy; or
  • abort and remove a fetus that is the result of rape or incest.

The bill clarifies that it does not affect the funding of a hospital, medical school or university. The restrictions would also not apply to funding available through Medicaid.

The bill claims that abortion clinics “tend to erode community standards of decency by encouraging promiscuity and normalizing false permission-giving beliefs about sex.”


Related Legislation

Based on model legislation drafted by the so-called “Special Forces of Liberty.” The group is led by Chris Sevier, who is known for filing anti-LGBTQ stunt lawsuits.


Latest Action

2/27/19 – Introduced; referred to the House Finance Committee.


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