Rhode Island Abortion Anti-Coercion Act (S 2823)
This law was last updated on Jan 4, 2016
S 2823 would require any facility in which abortions are performed, other than abortions necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant female, to conspicuously post a sign in a visible location which explains the state’s anti-coercion law.
The sign would read:
“It is against the law for anyone, regardless of his or her relationship to you, to force you to have an abortion. By law, we cannot perform on you unless we have your freely given and voluntary consent. It is against the law to perform an abortion on you against your will. You have the right to contact any local or state law enforcement agency to receive protection from any actual or threatened physical abuse or violence.”
A facility in which abortions are performed that is a private office or a freestanding surgical outpatient clinic would be required to post the sign in each patient waiting room and patient consultation room. A hospital or any other facility in which abortions are performed would be required to post the sign in each patient admission area used by patients on whom abortions are performed.
If the pregnant woman is a minor, the attending physician would be required to inform her that no one can force her to have an abortion and that an abortion cannot be performed on her unless she provides her freely given, voluntary and informed consent. The minor pregnant woman would be required to certify in writing, prior to the performance of the abortion that she was informed of the required information.
Any facility that fails to post the required sign would be assessed a fine of $10,000. Each day on which an abortion is performed during which the required sign is not posted during a portion of business hours would be a separate violation.