By Justine Caldwell on October 5, 2017
On Tuesday, October 3rd, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) voted no on HR 36, a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Langevin had previously voted for this bill in 2013 and 2015.
By Bob Plain on October 4, 2017
Langevin voted against H.R. 36, a bill that would prevent abortions after 20 weeks instead of the 24. In the past, Langevin has supported this limitation.
By Justine Caldwell on October 2, 2017
Representative Jim Langevin (D) has historically voted in favor of this bill.
By Bob Plain on February 1, 2017
If the Supreme Court or President Donald Trump manages to repeal Roe v. Wade, there is really nothing in Rhode Island law that would protect a woman’s right to have an abortion. That’s why legislators are announcing today a bill that Planned Parenthood says would integrate Roe v. Wade into state law “In the past […]
Posted in Featured, Reproductive Rights, State House | Tagged Abortion, Craig O' Connor, Goldin. Ajello, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Reproductive Freedom Advocacy Day, reproductive justice, Roe. v. Wade | 1 Response
By Nancy Green on May 2, 2016
Planned Parenthood on Point Street in Providence, RI has weathered many anti-abortion protests. This April 23rd #ProtestPP organized nationwide actions and a diverse group of Rhode Islanders came out to counter-protest. Demonstrators pro and anti lined the sidewalks. I chose a pink sign for drivers speeding by, ‘I Stand With Planned Parenthood’. The antis had […]
By Gus Uht on April 6, 2016
A funny thing occurred to me on the way to the State House. Okay, it wasn’t that funny, at all. It was about abortion. I was preparing to give testimony at the annual RI House abortion / choice exercise (hearing) last week when two facts or arguments occurred to me that happen to support my […]
By RI Future on January 29, 2016
The Wingmen tackle abortion, and it doesn’t go well for John Brien.
By Andrew Stewart on November 29, 2015
Following the terrorist actions of an anti-choice militant in Colorado on November 27, 2015, I feel compelled to offer a few reflections on this notion of ‘the sanctity of life’ and why I invoke my Bishop Hendricken High School alumnus status when I contact my congressional representatives in Washington regarding choice issues. It is worth […]
Posted in Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged Abortion, Bishop Tobin, Edward Achorn, Gina Raimondo, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Providence Journal, stand with planned parenthood, Steve Ahlquist | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 11, 2015
If Governor Raimondo is truly a pro-choice candidate, she has a strange way of showing it. No recent RI governor has been nearly as successful in stripping families of their reproductive rights.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, barth bracy, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Doe v. Burwell, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, RI Right to Life, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence | 5 Responses
By Nancy Green on October 14, 2015
It’s not unusual to see grisly signs and picketers outside the clinic. On Saturday, the Diocese of Providence and Rhode Island Right to Life sponsored a demonstration in conjunction with a national campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. ‘Pro-life’ is a brilliant slogan in its vagueness and transcendence. ‘Pro-pregnancy’ might be more accurate but that would […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown | 16 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2015
“Planned Parenthood was surprised to see these proposals in the Governor’s budget when it was unveiled last week, and we were not consulted about the new policies contained in this article. Additionally, since there was never a hearing on this language, we have not been able to get clear guidance on the intent of these policies.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Emily's List, FY 2016 budget, Gina Raimondo, healthsourceRI, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RI ACLU, Sam Bell, steve brown | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The 2016 RI State Budget, approved by House Finance late Tuesday evening, included language on abortion coverage in its section on HealthSource RI funding that goes far beyond what is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This part of the budget, inserted at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo on May 29, mandates that every insurer operating on HealthSource RI offer multiple plans that do not cover abortion.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2015
“Once I met a lady who was in terrible, terrible pain of cancer and I told her, ‘This is but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.’ And the lady, though she was in great pain, she joined her hands together and said, ‘Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.’”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Abortion, Arthur Corvese, Barth E. Bracy, catholic church, Corvese Amendment, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, Mother Teresa, RI Right to Life, Robert Lancia, William F. Buckley Jr. | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2014
When Bishop Thomas Tobin cracks his whip on Catholic politicians, it doesn’t serve his cause well. Remember when he manged to make a martyr out of even Congressman Patrick Kennedy? Tobin hasn’t denied Democratic nominee Gina Raimondo communion, but the Republican bishop did offer a passive rebuke to the Catholic candidate for governor after she won the […]
By Jessica Wainfor on May 7, 2014
On Sunday, April 27, I had the pleasure of bowling at a fundraiser that benefits the “Women’s Health and Education Fund of Rhode Island.” This annual bowlathon is part of a national campaign that funds abortion services for people who demonstrate financial need. Anyone who needs abortion services should have access to them, regardless of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 13, 2014
The hearings held in the State House Judiciary Committee had a slightly different format than usual. With 12 bills on the agenda, the first 12 speaking positions were reserved for the legislators who introduced each piece of legislation. Seven of the bills introduced seek to expand women’s access to reproductive services and the remaining five […]
By Bob Plain on March 11, 2014
On few issues is Rhode Island’s conservative streak more evident than with women’s rights and reproductive justice. NARAL Pro Choice’s 2013 report card gave the Ocean State a D+, along with Wyoming and North Carolina. Connecticut got an A and Massachusetts a B minus. And things could get a lot worse for women here in […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 24, 2014
At the legislative launch for the Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, Dr. Christine Brousseau, of the Rhode Island American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) tells an emotional story about the importance of a woman’s right to make her own decisions regarding her pregnancy, without the interference of the government. You can see Dr. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2013
Governor Lincoln Chafee wisely vetoed the “Choose Life” license plate bill last night, holding fast to his oath to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States. The bill, which would have put the state of Rhode Island in the dubious position of passing the collection plate for CareNet, an Evangelical church posing as […]