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Senators won’t move abortion rights bill to a new committee

May 17, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Senate leaders say they don’t plan on transferring a bill to preserve federal abortion protections in Rhode Island state law to another committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee defeated the Senate version of the bill Tuesday and held the House version for further study.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Erin Lynch Prata and Senate Health Committee Chairman Joshua Miller said Thursday they don’t intend to transfer the House version to the health committee, where it could stand a better chance of advancing to the Senate floor.

They want the parties involved to work together on revised language that fully codifies the status quo and can pass the judiciary committee.

Advocates called on Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo to get involved Friday.

Raimondo supports codifying Roe v. Wade. She told The Providence Journal she’s doing all she can.

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