Local advocates urge corporate accountability from any company doing business in our state and claiming that they care about women’s health.
[Providence, RI] – Statement from The Womxn Project on the launch of a campaign to demand CVS stop giving money to politicians attacking abortion access:
“CVS Health is headquartered here in Rhode Island. They gave more than $70,000 to lawmakers in Texas who pushed Senate Bill 8, a horrific policy that takes away abortion access early in pregnancy and threatens people with a lawsuit if they help someone get care.
CVS has a slogan ‘for your own good’. Well it doesn’t do anyone any good and is downright dangerous to support bans on abortion. We are not going to be silent as a big company right here in our backyard is doing real harm!
The Womxn Project launched a campaign today to push for corporate accountability. We are demanding that they make a public commitment to stop giving money to any lawmaker using their power to undermine access to abortion and put up barriers to reproductive healthcare. You don’t get to talk about working to ‘support the unique health needs of women at every age’ and then contribute to politicians who take away care that one in four women will use during their lifetime.
In May, CVS launched an initiative around women’s health where they talked about ‘celebrating women and moms’. Research has shown that 2/3 of abortion patients are already parents, so supporting a ban on abortion causes harm to moms.
CVS should not give money to politicians who take away access to healthcare and interfere with decisions around reproductive health. Until they halt this harmful practice, they shouldn’t get our money! We are not going to be silent as a big company right here in our backyard is doing real harm! No more.”
“Rhode Island voters have made it clear that we believe abortion is healthcare. We do not need or want and nor will we accept corporations in our community funneling money to legislation that tries to undermine our bodily autonomy and criminalize abortion care. Senate Bill 8 is out of step with our values. We won’t stand by as the people who pushed this horrific bill get money from big business in our own backyard to keep up their anti-women, anti-justice agenda.” Jocelyn Foye, Director, TWP