Sometimes when we hear about the latest attacks on human rights and health care we feel pretty sad, mad and even powerless. But we are NOT powerless. When we come together we can make a change. We saw that this session in our efforts to advance the Reproductive Privacy Act. We built an incredible movement together. We want to keep pushing for policies and programs to … [Read more...] about Trump attacks, #closethecamps and creating change in RI
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.
It is summer, which should absolutely include the beach, picnics, barbecues, and road trips. Our kiddos are at home with us or we are bringing them to camps. It is a fun and hectic time. We have all been enjoying special moments with family and friends, but make no mistake that we are not going away. We are continuing to look for ways to educate and engage the community … [Read more...] about Let’s keep pushing for positive change TOGETHER!
We have been working hard to protect the right to abortion in Rhode Island. We had a big win in our state, but we know that our right continues to be under attack across the country. We need to make sure that bills are not advanced that make care harder to get or harder to provide. We need to #ACTforwomen! Politicians who do not want anyone to be able to access … [Read more...] about Urge Senator Reed to #ACTforwomen!
Did you see our full page ad in the Providence Journal thanking the supporters of the Reproductive Privacy Act? It is just one of a slew of ways we are showing our gratitude to the lawmakers who voted “yes” to protect our right to abortion. You should also check out local papers like the Warwick Beacon, Westerly Sun and the North Providence Valley Breeze and … [Read more...] about THANK YOU for supporting our rights!
JUNE 19, 2019 - - - - - - - - - - After several decades of hard work, on June 10th the Rhode Island State Senate and House of Representatives passed the Reproductive Privacy Act and Governor Gina Raimondo signed it into law. With the onslaught of attacks on Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion care this was a huge victory. This win would not have been … [Read more...] about Get the Facts!
So we did a thing! After years of organizing, countless phone calls, tens of thousands of postcards, and hundreds of hours at the State House, WE (that includes YOU) finally codified Roe into Rhode Island law. Last night, after the Senate and then the House passed the Reproductive Privacy Act ("RPA") (H5125 sub B), Governor Raimondo signed the bill into law at approximately … [Read more...] about Rhode Island Codifies Roe
We are getting closer and closer to seeing this through and securing protections for the right to abortion. It is scary and amazing and exciting that we could be making history together. We can’t stop. We have to keep working and fighting TOGETHER! We need you to mark your calendars and grab your friends and family and join us at the State House for the … [Read more...] about KEEP IT UP together – this weekend and beyond!
A HUGE STEP FORWARD – we did this. Now, let’s keep it up! Womxn Project friends, we are thrilled to share that the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to pass the Reproductive Privacy Act. A few changes were made, but the bill is intended to protect the right to abortion and the updated language in this statute does just that! The bill is now headed to the … [Read more...] about VICTORY – SEE YOU Tuesday – let’s see it through!
photos courtesy of Anna Gallo Protest & Self Care Guide by Eve Condon, The Womxn Project Volunteer Download Protest & Self Care Guide - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LEAD-UP TO ACTIONS Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sensible footwear. Make sure you are hydrated and have eaten. Dehydration and low blood sugar will affect your … [Read more...] about Protest & Self Care Guide
After an exciting turn of events earlier this week, the Senate Health and Human Services committee is set to vote on the Reproductive Privacy Act TODAY, June 13th. We need you with us to see this through. Be at the State House TODAY! The Womxn Project’s team will be there throughout the day. Join us! (See the press release shared today.) Can’t be there? Show your … [Read more...] about Health Committee Vote (6/13) – Abortion is healthcare!
For folks who were not able to join us tonight, Republican ex office members were going to go into committee and vote to defeat the bill, so the Chair used her discretion and transferred it to the Health Committee. The RPA as amended will now be considered on Thursday, June 13th at 6:15pm. We will be there! We hope you will grab your pink and plan to join us! We are … [Read more...] about RPA UPDATE And WHAT’s NEXT: Keep Up The Fight!
The time is now. The House bill has been posted for a vote in the Senate Judiciary committee tomorrow, June 11th. We need you with us to see this through. Be at the State House TOMORROW! Be part of taking steps towards making history! The Womxn Project’s team will be there throughout the day. Join us! A sub B (amendment) was posted. It may be found HERE. Essentially, … [Read more...] about NEXT STEPS for #Repro4RI!
The current attacks on Roe and access to abortion make it clear that we must take action now. We have seen tremendous momentum behind the campaign. We must ensure that no matter what happens at the federal level that here in our state we protect the right to abortion. That is why celebrities and elected officials across the state and across the country have been speaking out … [Read more...] about State and National Leaders Call for RPA Passage!
We have seen what could happen if access to safe abortion care is taken away. Before Roe, every large municipal hospital in the U.S. had a special section of the hospital filled with women suffering from infections from improperly performed, illegal abortions and an estimated 5,000 women died every year before 1973. Women drank household chemicals or tried to throw … [Read more...] about HARM, HOPE and HEALTH – consequences of passing the RPA!
We know we reach out a lot and we ask you to take action with us, but we are so close to seeing this through. We need you to stay in it with us. This is really SOOOOOOO much bigger than the Rhode Island bill. Yes, we are working hard to protect the right to abortion, but we are also making it clear that we will not just watch as around the country abortion is banned. We will … [Read more...] about Update and KEEPING UP the pressure!