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  • On Choice, Rhode Island Not Far from Mississippi

Jillian Tavares is an English and Women’s Studies double major at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. A self-described research enthusiast, Jillian was recently invited to present a paper at the 2011 Women’s Studies Conference. Before joining as a summer intern, Jillian spent four summers working with special needs children at a camp in Rhode Island.

3 responses to “On Choice, Rhode Island Not Far from Mississippi”

  1. rasputinkhlyst

    As usual I suspect the religious wrong and the wrong wing CONservatives, including Bishop Tommy Tobin, who never met a microphone he did not aspire to put his mouth to.  As the founder of RI, Roger Williams said, “Forced worship stinks in God’s nostrils”( Letter to Major John Wilson and Governor Thomas Prence, June 22nd, 1670 ), and to deny people the freedom of choice often falls in the category of forced religion.  At least here is a rare issue where the Libertarians and I can generally agree. 

    The RI GA is so conservative as to make me laugh when RI is called “a blue state”. 

  2. Nancy Green

    thanks for this review of the situation in Rhode Island. I would not concede that anti-abortion politicians are pro-life. Every time I drive up Orms St. and see that billboard from ProLife America– with pictures of babies several months old, I think about how these organizations exist only to ban abortion. Helping women who want prenatal care and support is left to state agencies that constantly fight cuts. Investing in maternal-child health is considered an ‘entitlement’ that can be done away with. Measures that help babies and children– WIC, community health centers, Head Start– are opposed by many who claim to be ‘pro-life’.
    I’ve got news for them. Everyone is pro-life. Pro-choice means trusting women to make one of the most profound and serious decisions a person will need to make. I think that people who have a moral objection to abortion should use persuasion, not coercion disguised as concern for women’s health.

  3. simon846

    According to recent PRAMS survey data in RI, three quarters of all births to low income women were reported as unintended. To reduce abortions we need to increase access to basic health services including family planning to low income single adults.

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