Jocelyn Foye, Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, July 5, 2022
The Womxn Project Celebrates Executive Protections for Abortions – Calls for Continued Commitment to Action to Ensure Access to Care
The time is now to enact every policy possible to protect and expand access to care. This is a next step, but there is a lot of work to do.
[Providence, RI] – Statement from The Womxn Project on Governor McKee signing a set of executive protections for people seeking and providing abortions:
“We are grateful to Governor Daniel McKee for signing an executive order today providing specific protections for people who provide, seek and support people in getting abortion care. It is critical that we do all we can to ensure that whether someone needs to come to our state to get an abortion or our neighbor needs services, that we do all we can to get rid of barriers.
We laud this important step and are so grateful to the many activists who spoke out, organized, rallied and helped to make this happen. This order helps to send a clear message that Rhode Island will be a safe haven for anyone seeking abortion care. We should not be allowing archaic, horrific laws from other states to cause harm to our people or to people who seek compassion and care in Rhode Island.
We are pleased to see this action today. It is a wonderful win for people who believe – including the majority of Rhode Island voters and voters across the nation – that that we should each get to make our own decisions when it comes to abortion and control our bodies and futures. The fact remains that we are still imposing a huge financial barrier by denying benefits for abortion for people who use Medicaid and state employees. This is wrong and it needs to stop!
We will continue to speak out and show up to push to get rid of the obstacles whether it is based on the insurance someone uses or how old they are. But for today we are celebrating. These orders matter! We will not abandon people in other states or the people who support folks in finding care they need! We will care for us. ALWAYS!”
Jocelyn Foye available for interview upon request.