Termination of Pregnancy (216-RICR-20-10-6)


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Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 20 Community Health
Subchapter 10 Screening, Medical Services, and Reporting
Part 6 Termination of Pregnancy (216-RICR-20-10-6)
Type of Filing Repeal
Regulation Status Inactive
Effective 07/13/2023

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-1-1

Purpose and Reason:

The Department of Health is proposing to repeal these regulations. The repeal of these regulations would not affect access to, or the provision of, reproductive healthcare in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) does not have regulations specific to the tens of thousands of medical procedures that happen throughout the state. Instead, healthcare providers are held to an established standard of care when doing all procedures within their scope of practice. Additionally, RIDOH has regulations that require facilities to provide all care in a manner that is healthy and safe. As an exception to this approach of doing oversight at the provider and facility level (as opposed to the procedure level), RIDOH promulgated regulations in 1973 related to an induced termination of a pregnancy. This was because of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision issued that year. Terminations were not happening in facilities prior to Roe, so RIDOH promulgated these regulations to provide structure to facilities. These regulations are now clinically outdated, and the portions of these regulations that are still applicable are all covered under existing requirements for facilities or within the standard of care for healthcare providers.