We are continuing to work to support our activists up to the State House each week -- to push for support of our bill which gets rid of bans on health coverage for abortion. House Bill 7618 has 28 sponsors and Senate Bill 2476 has 19. This is VERY exciting. We will keep you posted on ways to help. - - - - - - - - - - - - We also want to SHOW UP for three other … [Read more...] about BIG WEEK At The State House!
The Womxn Project (TWP, previously The Woman Project) was formed in 2017, by a few passionate and outspoken Rhode Island womxn, to educate others about Rhode Island’s regressive abortion laws. What began as a protest of the present moment has become a movement for change.
While Rhode Island was the first state to promote religious freedom, for far too long reproductive freedom has been quietly governed - if indirectly - by the Catholic Church.
TWP was created to let Rhode Islanders know the truth: if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level, RI will have no law to protect the right to abortion. Most Rhode Islanders, living in a ‘blue state,’ did not realize that without Roe vs. Wade, RI could revert to old laws which are among the most restrictive and oppressive in the entire United States.
That is why TWP balances artistic events and traditional actions to make change locally or at the state level. These are some of the action TWP will make, online or physically somewhere, to add our voice to the many calling for change.
Some quick highlights heading into your weekend! ACLU & RPA Earlier this week, the RI ACLU sent this letter to the Department of Corrections with the first formal invocation of the RPA to seek a change in state policy - which never should have existed in the first place. It questions the practices governing prenatal care and nutrition for incarcerated pregnant … [Read more...] about First invocation of the RPA to change policy in RI
Volunteers like YOU have said how proud they are of the victory of the Reproductive Privacy Act and committed to working with us to continue to advance positive change. We launched a survey last summer to ask our folks what we should work on next and a huge majority of the more than 100 respondents said that we should commit to closing the gaps in access to abortion! A right … [Read more...] about Celebrating Bill to Eliminate Abortion Coverage Bans!
The Womxn Project will be in Washington DC on March 4th when the Supreme Court considers June Medical Services v. Gee, a case that could undermine or even result in taking away theprotections of Roe and the right to abortion in this country. Sure, we passed the RPA and protected our rights here in Rhode Island, but we believe in taking a stand. Rhode Island will not stand by … [Read more...] about Rallies, Roe and Reunions
On March 4th, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights. The lawsuit challenges a 2014 Louisiana law that would require every doctor who provides abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of where the abortion is performed. The decision in this case could have a HUGE impact on … [Read more...] about SCOTUS Watch: Roe at Risk
“For too long we have allowed the right to abortion to be pushed out of reach. We are taking a stand.” Stephanie Moniz, Media Fellow, TWP On the 47th anniversary of Roe being enacted, activists called on RI lawmakers to close gaps in access to truly protect the right to abortion! We've kept hearing from activists, lawmakers and reporters that people did not know we had state … [Read more...] about TWP Celebrated 47th Anniversary of Roe by Pushing Back on Barriers to Abortion Care
Did you see that hundreds gathered at the Rhode Island State House on Saturday in spite of the cold as part of the national women’s march events? The Womxn Project’s Emily Boucher was there to get the crowd excited about and engaged in our ongoing efforts to build a strong for positive change. When people are told their insurance program won’t cover an abortion they may … [Read more...] about The RI Womxn’s Rally + Upcoming Events
Did you know that 3 in 10 women will have an abortion during the course of their lives and that many transgender and gender nonconforming people will also need to seek abortion care? When a person needs to end a pregnancy, it is important that they have access to safe medical care. Providing insurance coverage ensures they will be able to see a licensed, quality health care … [Read more...] about 3 in 10 Womxn
The 2020 session is days away. We are thrilled to coordinate a campaign to get rid of bans on health coverage and show up for other important issues – like the rights of parents with disabilities and protections for LGBT families. We will be showing up and demonstrating that we are ready to push for positive change! Meet us in the Library at 3pm. We will support an … [Read more...] about TWP events to kick off the 2020 session, join us!
Hope you have had a chance to get some rest, have some fun and spend time with loved ones during this holiday season. We are grateful for the memories we have made. We are also grateful for YOU and all that we accomplished together this year. . . . . . . . . . As we get ready to greet a New Year and a whole set of new opportunities and adventures,we have two simple things you … [Read more...] about 2 “to do’s” for 2020!
We hope that you were able to take some time with loved ones. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, it is wonderful to be able to rest and relax and build community. We reached out last week to talk about the fact that our state Democratic Party is trying to silence women and make it harder for women to push for changes. Well they can try all they want, but let’s be … [Read more...] about Rhode Island Women #WONTBESILENCED
We are pissed off. We turn on the news and time and again see the Trump Administration pushing another horrifying rule to try to limit our rights or take our healthcare away. We had to watch as Rep. Katie Hill was slut shamed and bullied out of her position after her abusive ex-husband released sexy photos taken during their time together. And we are constantly told that we are … [Read more...] about WE ARE ANGRY – aren’t you?
The Womxn Project is incredibly proud of the leadership we provided in the campaign to pass the Reproductive Privacy Act, which made sure that no matter what happens at the federal level that here in Rhode Island people can get safe, legal abortion care. We worked hard to protect the right to abortion. Now we need to close the gaps in affordable access to care. We should all … [Read more...] about NEW CAMPAIGN: Ready for a BOLD idea? We are!
Keep reading to find out how YOU can help keep up the resistance in Rhode Island – how YOU can persist with us in our efforts to ensure reproductive health, rights and justice – special event this Saturday where we will kick off our proactive campaign for 2020! We are writing on a day that demands we commit to naming injustice and committing to dismantling oppression. Many of … [Read more...] about Resilience and Resistance
Greetings from the nation’s capital! Some Womxn Project board members, Jordan Hevenor, Tammy Brown, Caroline Morgan, and Jocelyn Foye are in Washington, DC right now as part of a national summit organized by the Center for Reproductive Rights. The Womxn Project is thrilled to be one of only 6 states to pass proactive legislation to protect the right to abortion in … [Read more...] about Elections, Legislation and Being BOLD