Yesterday marked one year since the momentous passage and signing of the Reproductive Privacy Act, the Rhode Island law affirming that in our state we protect the right to abortion and ensure people get to make their own decisions about their bodies, their families and their futures.
Out of respect for Juneteenth, we chose to celebrate this victory a day later. Part of being able to build our families and protect our bodily autonomy must include dismantling systems of oppression and ending racism, so that we can all be safe and live with dignity.
The Womxn Project is so proud of the creative leadership role we played in getting the RPA passed. Together, we built a strong movement that continues to make a difference and push for positive change.
We are so grateful to every person who made a call, sent an email, participated in our postcarding program, attended or organized an event, wore a handmaid costume, joined a rally or protest, showed up at the State House, made a quilt square – anyone who gave time to help make it happen.
In gratitude for your hard work and commemoration of that amazing day, we wanted to share this video to celebrate the one year anniversary of the passage and signing of the RPA.
There is still a lot of work to do to advance the vision we have of a Rhode Island where we are all able to thrive because the RPA didn’t just happen. It took hard work and it took all of us! And it will take all of us to keep pushing to ensure the health, rights, dignity and liberation of every person across Rhode Island.
We are ready to keep up the fight. We hope that you are, too!