ACLU of RI executive director Steven Brown issued the following statement today in response to the RI Supreme Court’s decision in Benson v. Raimondo, a lawsuit filed in 2019 challenging the constitutionality of RI’s Reproductive Privacy Act:
Today’s decision from the Rhode Island Supreme Court upholding the General Assembly’s authority to enact the Reproductive Privacy Act could not be more timely. It ensures that, no matter what the US Supreme Court does, abortion will remain safe and accessible in this state. Today’s ruling is a crucial victory for the privacy rights of all Rhode Islanders, and we commend the General Assembly’s foresight in enacting this statue in 2019. The ACLU will continue to fight for the protection and expansion of this fundamental right.