Keep abortion restrictions out of Rhode Island

Not in our StateThe same radical anti-abortion agenda coming out of state legislatures from Arkansas to North Dakota is headed straight for Rhode Island. Today 5 dangerous abortion restriction bills will be heard at the State House that would work to insert politicians between a woman and her doctor – and would bring the same extreme legislation that has threatened a woman’s right to choose in statehouses across the country.

The bills proposed would work to mandate a woman undergo an ultrasound prior to having an abortion, create 24 hour wait periods prior to an abortion, create additional laws around late term abortions and establish “fetal personhood.” The reality of these bills would establish invasive, unnecessary barriers to service and turn healthcare in a political tool. Make no mistake about it, these bills have one target: to prevent women from accessing their right to choose what to do with their own bodies in the state of Rhode Island.

Real Problems Deserve Real Solutions

Reducing the number of unintended pregnancies deserves real and thoughtful solutions. If the politicians proposing and supporting these kinds of bills were really working to help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies each year in Rhode Island, they would turn their attention to the expansion of Family Planning under the Medicaid program. Currently, Rhode Island covers family planning services for Medicaid recipients who deliver babies, for only two years post-partum. That means that after that time, women are dropped from the program and lose access to basic reproductive health services, including annual well woman exams, Pap tests, breast exams, testing for sexually transmitted infections, and yes – contraception, which would help space their families and work to prevent unintended pregnancies.

Rhode Island already gets a D+ grade from NARAL and has some of the most stringent abortion laws on the books in New England. We need to turn out focus toward investing in family planning programs that not only work to reduce unintended pregnancy but save the state $4 for every $1 invested.  Today, we have a chance to raise our voices against five dangerous bills that actively seek to stand between a woman, her physician and her personal medical decisions. We NEED your help to fill the hearing room, to testify as a Rhode Island voter – and your presence as a supporter of reproductive justice. If you can’t join us for the hearing, contact your state legislators and let them know that is enough is enough. Egregious bills like these don’t belong in Rhode Island and together we can stand up and say Not in Our State! Help us tell lawmakers that Rhode Island cares about reproductive justice and we won’t stand for radical abortion restrictions in the Ocean State.

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One response to “Keep abortion restrictions out of Rhode Island”

  1. Johnnie

    Anti-abortion activists mobilize their reactionary social base and create public opinion while the major women’s reproductive rights organizations lobby national and local legislators to push their pro-choice agenda. The women’s movement is defensive and apologetic about being reduced to breeders, while anti-abortion activists wage a very visible, vocal and uncompromising stand. 
     
    Who has had the most success?
     
    Not one national leader from any major pro-choice organization attended George Tiller’s funeral, after he was assassinated. He used to wear a button that said: “Trust Women”, and was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country. 
    If George Tiller was not a hero to women than who is? This is a telling commentary on the leadership and outlook of those in charge of the pro-choice movement.
     
    The anti-abortion movement has been gradually chipping away at the right of women to control their bodies and it is under assault as never before – since Roe v. Wade. And there is not one anti-abortion organization in this country that also isn’t against birth control. What does that tell you about where these Christian fascists are headed? And if you think these people are not just like those who throw acid in women’s faces, the you don’t know them.
     
    Slogans like “Planned Parenthood Votes,” and lobbying legislators demobilizes people and atomizes them. Women’s rights activists come to rely upon “representatives” who spend their time negotiating compromises, trying to satisfy all their constituents  to get reelected. These activists inevitably become demoralized, disempowered and disillusioned – and stop paying attention. 
     
    How can the right to control what one does with their body be negotiated? Forced motherhood is enslavement; it’s as simple as that.
     
    Unless the women’s movement returns to its roots by mobilizing its social base (and not around elections), and unapologetically challenges these religious fanatics by making  the right to abortion a society-wide issue and question, the movement will continue to cede ground to these patriarchal forces who want to forcibly enslave women.
     
    Abortion is not murder, fetuses are not children, women are not incubators!
    Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

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