Right now, for too many people the current laws skew towards keeping people pregnant against their will. By denying health coverage for abortion for people who use Medicaid or putting up extra barriers for young people, the government has way to much control over a person’s body and their future. We should be able to make our own decisions and get the care we need without barriers.
This weekend marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case affirming the right to abortion. This case and that very right are under attack. We took the important step of passing the Reproductive Privacy Act to make sure that no matter what happens at the federal level that here in Rhode Island we make sure that in our state abortion is safe and legal. But as you know, we are now fighting to get rid of financial limits on access to care – the bans on health coverage for abortion. (learn more in this week’s “Wednesday with Emma” virtual event)
This is such an important need to respect that when someone needs an abortion that the kind of insurance they have or the money they have in the bank does not take away their right. But it is just PART of the job we have ahead of us to live up to our values and vision.
We know that Black, Indigenous and people of color in our state continue to deal with huge obstacles to the support and services needed to live with health and dignity. Let us reimagine what it truly looks like to honor Roe and work together to continue to create real and lasting change. From ensuring a living wage and affordable housing for everyone in our state to dismantling white supremacy, there is BIG work ahead of us, but we know that together we will keep making a difference.
We wouldn’t be The Womxn Project if we did not push to make a positive impact AND also say what needs to be said!
As we celebrate Roe, there was an event in DC this Friday called the “March for Life” where folks talk about life and liberty without any sense of the irony that their real goal is just to ban abortion and not do anything that actually advances health, safety or liberation.
Think about speaking out with us all weekend and call for the kind of policies and programs Rhode Islanders need that will truly help and not just meddle with our personal decisions.
Thank you for being in this work with us. We are so grateful!
Together, we will certainly fight to protect Roe, but we will do way more than just that. We are advancing reproductive and economic and racial justice!