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Rhode Island Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 06:21 PM

Rhode Island abortion laws have similarities to the liberal approaches of neighboring states, but the state puts some emphasis on restrictions. This makes Rhode Island more conservative on abortion than nearby Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.

New York and Connecticut don’t have major restrictions on abortion, according to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. Like Rhode Island, those states don’t have waiting periods for a woman before an abortion, as is the case for some states. But New York and Connecticut have no abortion laws regarding mandated parental involvement or limits on public funds for abortion.

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Rhode Island and Massachusetts require notifying the parent of a minor seeking an abortion. Rhode Island also limits public funding and public employee health insurance coverage for abortion to cases of life endangerment, rape or incest, Guttmacher noted. The same restrictions on abortion apply to Medicaid recipients, according to Americans United for Life.

Rhode Island lawmakers passed laws in 2015 requiring state health insurers to offer plans that do not include abortion coverage and allowed pro-life employers to exclude abortion coverage from company health plans.

The state’s restrictions earned Rhode Island a D+ grade from NARAL Pro-Choice America, which scores states according to their leniency on abortion laws. Massachusetts received a B- while Connecticut was given an A and New York received an A- for their liberal abortion laws.

Although Rhode Island requires the consent of a parent or legal guardian for minors under age 18 wanting an abortion, the state also has a “judicial bypass” procedure used in some states. Minors can seek approval for an abortion in court if the judge determines the person is mature enough to make such a decision without input from the parent, Brown University pointed out.

Counselors, sometimes referrals from abortion clinics or abortion-rights groups, can assist minors in the process and accompany them to court. Minors file an application with the court. The judge also makes sure the minor has given informed consent to an abortion and rules on whether the abortion is in the best interest of the minor, according to LegalMatch.

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