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A vote is scheduled for tomorrow in the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee on a bill to keep Roe v. Wade legal in the state, regardless of federal decisions made about legal abortion moving forward. A re-worked version of the bill, introduced by state Representative Anastasia Williams, includes a ban on all late-term abortions unless it is necessary for the mother's survival, and language affirming a federal law that bans so-called partial-birth abortion. The new version has the support of the Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, which has fought to get a state law protecting legal abortion passed. Meanwhile, leaders of the Right to Life lobbying group are criticizing House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, who is pro-life, for allowing the vote to be taken.

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