Abortion opponents ask judge to void new abortion rights law

June 25, 2019 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Opponents of Rhode Island’s new abortion rights law are asking a judge to declare it unconstitutional.

The Providence-based advocacy group Catholics for Life and anti-abortion Rhode Island residents filed an amended complaint in Providence Superior Court Tuesday, taking into account the governor’s signing of the bill last week.

The plaintiffs are suing the governor, legislative leaders, attorney general and others. The attorney general’s spokeswoman says they believe the amended complaint is without merit, and will defend the law in court.


The plaintiffs asked for an injunction and a declaration that the signed bill is unconstitutional and void.

The new law says the state won’t restrict the right to an abortion prior to fetal viability or afterward if an abortion is necessary for the health or life of the mother.

The Providence Journal reported the complaint was amended.