Although this resolution would create no binding legal language or alter the protections codified just last session by the Reproductive Privacy Act, we opposed this bill which would claim to “recognize” that the existence of a fetal heartbeat of flutter is evidence of the existence of human life. We noted that preventing any type of legislative assertion based on dangerous, scientifically unsound ideological perspectives of abortion was critical, and that the General Assembly should not be eroding, even symbolically, the recognition that access to safe and legal abortion is protected in Rhode Island.
Fetal Heartbeat Resolution (H 7355)
Representative James McLaughlin
Died in Committee