An abortion bill that passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives on March 7 is in limbo in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mike McCaffrey told Gene Valicenti during a taping of 10 News Conference on Friday that the bill will have to be amended if it is to be approved in the Senate.
“I do know that the parties involved in the issue were floating different ideas out there to see if anything may be amended so it could get out of Judiciary Committee. As the count is in Judiciary now, I don’t think it gets out of judiciary,” said McCaffrey.
One of the “No” votes on the Committee is Sen. Leo Raptakis, who represents Coventry. He said he is committed to preserving Roe v. Wade’s legal protection for women seeking abortions, but added that the bill under consideration goes further than that.
“I made a pledge that if Roe versus Wade was overturned, that I would support keeping the status quo. Well, this legislation is not the status quo. It’s gone above and beyond what we have currently in law. And that was the opposition, the other side, they broke a promise,” Raptakis told NBC 10.
He also asked a question that was raised during the debate in the House.
“What’s the rush? Why is there a rush?” Raptakis said. “The word you heard from pro-choice is things are about to unravel. Show me the evidence that things are unravelling.”
Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said the bill will get a vote in the Judiciary Committee. If it comes out with any amendments, the bill will have to go back to the House.