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Rhode Island Abortion Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 06:36 PM

Rhode Island is in a section of the country that is usually considered permissive in its abortion laws. The state has a few more restrictions than the neighboring states of Connecticut and New York, but is generally more liberal than many other states throughout the country.

Rhode Island has requirements for parental consent in the case of minors seeking an abortion and puts limits on public funding for abortion. Connecticut and New York have no major restrictions on abortion, including parental involvement or public funding for abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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In cases involving public funding or health insurance policies for public employees, Rhode Island only allows abortion coverage when the mother’s life is endangered and following rape or incest. These restrictions are also included for people on Medicaid.

Rhode Island’s 2016 budget also requires state health insurers to include plans that don’t cover abortion, the International Business Times reported. Companies are allowed to exclude abortion from health plans

Abortion laws similar to those in Rhode Island for public funding and parental notification also occur in such states as Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire.

Rhode Island has judicial bypass options for minors who want an abortion, similar to laws in other states such as Michigan and Massachusetts. People younger than age 18 can bypass consent from a parent or legal guardian through the court, according to Brown University. Judicial bypass allows a judge to determine if the minor is mature enough to make a decision on ending a pregnancy. Minors can seek advice from legal counselors through referrals. The counselors often accompany them to the court.

Rhode Island leans more liberal in its abortion laws than many other states. For example, it does not have a waiting period before a woman decides to undergo an abortion. In states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas, a woman must receive state-directed counseling before an abortion. She must then wait 24 hours before the procedure can take place.

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In Virginia and Texas, women are also required to undergo an ultrasound in which the image is described by the provider before an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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