RI lawmakers consider abortion coverage bill for state employees, Medicaid recipients

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 100 people signed up to testify both for and against a proposal that would ensure abortion procedures are covered for all Rhode Island women.

The House Finance Committee took up legislation Thursday that would repeal the ban on abortion coverage for state employees and Medicaid recipients.

Rep. Liana Cassar, the bill’s sponsor, began drumming up support for the proposal soon after the unprecedented release of a U.S. Supreme Court draft decision that implied the eventual overturning of Roe v. Wade, which has guaranteed women the constitutional right to an abortion since 1973.