By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2017
“Today,” said organizer Nancy Rafi, “as legislators return to their home offices, they need to hear what we think about the House voting to legalize discrimination, and making us all pre-existing conditions.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Health Care Act, donald trump, jack reed, Medicare for All system, Nancy Rafi, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island State House, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer, TrumpCare, Women’s March on Washington Rhode Island Chapter | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2017
RISE UP! Rhode Island held a rally on Saturday to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Sex Work, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AHOPE, Becky Chace, Bella Robinson, Celia Contreras, COYOTE RI, Deb Perry, Diane Cocozza Martins, Dorcas International Institute, Emeline, gayle goldin, Georgia Hollister‐Isman, Gloria Crist, Karen Malcolm, Kate Montiero, Kathleen Cloutier, Kelly Nevins, Kim Baker, Laurie Bradburn, Loren Spears, McAuley House Don Rhodes, Michele Matot, Planned Parenthood, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, Rebecca Kislak, Resist Hate RI, RI Chapter of Women's March Network, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, RI Democratic Party, RI NOW, RICMA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, RISE UP! Rhode Island, Roger Williams National Memorial, Sandra McEvoy, Solid Rock Women, Sterk Zaza, The Strattones, Tomaquag Museum, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women's History Month, Working Families of Rhode Island, Yassah Flowers, YWCA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Religion, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Bernard Healey, david bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Joseph McNamara, justin katz, Kermit Gosnell, Medicaid, mike stenhouse, Milo Yiannopoulos, Planned Parenthood, ri center for freedom and prosperity, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, The RI Catholic, Warwick Beacon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 20, 2017
Wild statements from the Providence Catholic Diocese, RI Right to Life and Republican leaders in the RI General Assembly have forced three state reps to issue a statement calling out the misinformation.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Bernard Healey, david bennett, Edie Ajello, Evan Stanley, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Joseph McNamara, Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood, Republican Party, Rhode Island Catholic, RI General Assembl, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 12, 2017
There was no anti-choice rally in Rhode Island that I am aware of, but that didn’t stop over 100 supporters of Planned Parenthood from rallying to DEFEND the nearly 100 year old organization.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged Anti-Defamation League, Craig O’Connor, knights of columbus, Mother of Life Center, Pepe the Frog, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
By Danielle Blasczak on February 10, 2017
The event will start with a 1 pm rally at 400 Atwells Ave, Providence, and then a march to the Rhode Island State House.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Community Health Centers, Guttmacher Institute, Mother of Life Center and Problem Pregnancy of Providence, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Health Centers, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
“I don’t think I’ve announced anything yet,” replied Whitehouse, “but I don’t think there’s a chance in the world of that happening.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Medicare, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Price | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2016
“What history has shown us, time and time again, is that these moments, when abortion is restricted even more than they normally are, it disproportionately affects poor women and women of color,” said medical student Gopika Krishna.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Bridget Todd, Brittany Huffman, Conceivable Future, Craig O’Connor, Gopika Krishna, Medical Students for Choice, Meghan Kallman, Pawtucket City Council, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Roe. v. Wade, Sabrina Joyce Stevens, SisterSong, Tiara Mack | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2016
“We’re here because our state government needs to step up,” said State Representative Aaron Regunberg. “That means doing more than taking a wait-and-see approach to Donald Trump’s millionaire and KKK-endorsed agenda. It’s our job to make sure that this agenda does not become normal here in Rhode Island, and we commit to doing everything we possible can to starting right now to protect Rhode Island values and Rhode Island families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, People, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Jeanine Calkin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Planned Parenthood, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rodrigo Pimentel, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi, Victoria Ruiz | 1 Response
By Planned Parenthood Votes! RI PAC on November 18, 2016
“Rhode Island voters made their support for reproductive rights clear during the primary,” said Rep. Edie Ajello (D-Providence), a long-time pro-women’s health leader at the State House. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to expand reproductive freedom and change our embarrassing F rating from NARAL.”
Posted in Featured, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Craig O’Connor, David Cicilline, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, Senator Whitehouse, seth magaziner | Leave a 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 Planned Parenthood Votes! RI PAC on March 1, 2016
Our Reproductive Freedom Teach-In is on March 2nd from 6:30-8:30. Join us to learn why abortion rights are at risk in Rhode Island and what we can do about it! We are excited to announce our teach-in panelists who will lead us in a discussion on reproductive freedom. Learn more about the Supreme Court Case […]
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 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 September 30, 2015
On the same day that Republicans in Congress were embarrassing themselves with a woefully ill-prepared and ill-considered interrogation of Planned Parenthood’s President Cecile Richards, supporters all over the country gathered in groups large and small to show their support for the women’s health organization. In Rhode Island, about 30 supporters gathered at the State House to […]
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged gayle goldin, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England | 2 Responses
By RI NOW on September 14, 2015
by Kate Gorton Ninety-five years ago on August 26, women fought for and won the right to vote. This victory came after decades of defending our intelligence and capacity to make informed decisions, a struggle that continued for many women long after the right was won. 2015 sure feels like déja-vu. More than ever in […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
On Saturday Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence lead his followers in the “National Day of Protest” against Planned Parenthood here in Providence. I was on hand to observe and take pictures. Inspired by Tobin’s recent column, five thoughts came to mind…
Posted in Health Care, National News, Photos, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Gina Raimondo, hate group, Justin price, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Hull, Robert Lancia, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin | 8 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 18, 2015
Much like its House counterpart, the Senate Finance Committee passed the FY16 budget bill unanimously with almost no discussion other than to speak on its merits. “I would certainly characterize this budget as one that is not only ambitious, but one that makes a significant investment in areas that should have been invested in in […]
Posted in Economics, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged budget, Common Cause RI, Daniel DaPonte, Elisha Aldrich, john marion, Juan Pichardo, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Gallison, RI Senate, senate finance committee | Leave a response
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 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 […]