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Providence, RI (January 19, 2023) — In his FY 24 budget proposal submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly today, Governor Dan McKee included funding to implement the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act (EACA).  

McKee pledged to prioritize the EACA last fall and reaffirmed his commitment to defend abortion access in his 2022 campaign for governor, earning the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island PAC and winning re-election as voters in Rhode Island and across the country went to the polls demanding champions for reproductive freedom. 

Statement from Gretchen Raffa, Vice President, Public Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island:

“Governor McKee’s immediate action to include the EACA in his budget proposal demonstrates his commitment to expand access to abortion and ensure people have the power to make their own private medical decisions without political interference. While politicians across the country continue to attack reproductive freedom and ban abortion outright, our champions are fighting for Rhode Islanders to access the abortion care they need and deserve. 

“Right now, state laws prohibit residents enrolled in Medicaid and those on state employee plans from using their health insurance to cover abortion, impacting more than 85,000 people of reproductive age in Rhode Island. The right to abortion is meaningless if you can’t afford or access care. Two thirds of Rhode Island voters support the EACA — we thank Governor McKee for listening to the will of the people and making abortion access an urgent priority.”