(CNSNews.com) -- Even with a supermajority of Democrats controlling the Rhode Island State Senate – 33 Democrats and 5 Republicans -- a major pro-abortion bill died in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a narrow 5-4 vote. There is only one Republican on the nine-person committee, Sen. Jessica de la Cruz.
The proposed Reproductive Privacy Act would prohibit the government from “Interfer[ing] with an individual person’s decision to continue that individual's pregnancy after fetal viability.”
That means abortion would be allowed by law at any stage in a pregnancy, including through the ninth month. The legislation was designed to ensure that abortion is available in Rhode Island should Roe v. Wade be overturned at some future time.
As reported in the Providence Journal, Harold Metts (D-District 6), one of the Judiciary Committee members who voted against the bill, said, “For me, it’s biblical, it’s ethical and a spiritual issue because Genesis 1:27 is clear: We are all made in God’s image and to keep a baby from being born is to rob God of the glory He deserves from that child.”
The Providence Journal also reported, “The vote left the lead senate sponsor, Gayle Goldin, [D - District 3] on the brink of tears.” She said “I feel the anger and fear of thousands of women because of tonight’s vote.” Goldin is not a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The bill passed the Rhode Island House Legislature in January and was then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it was voted down on May 14.
Hundreds of pro-life and pro-abortion advocates were present at the Rhode Island Capital building on May 14. The moment the bill failed, chants could be heard from the bill’s advocates saying, “Vote them out!” whereas opponents of the bill started shouting, “Praise the Lord!”