Across the country, people are showing up in parks, public squares and state Capitol buildings to urge lawmakers to #StoptheBans. The Womxn Project will be at our State House at noon to speak out as part of this national day of action and to show our #AbortionSolidarity! Today we are not just calling on lawmakers to stop the bans. We also need them to stop the lies! There are … [Read more...] about #StoptheBans And Stop The Lies!
The Womxn Project (TWP, previously The Woman Project) was formed in 2017, by a few passionate and outspoken Rhode Island womxn, to educate others about Rhode Island’s regressive abortion laws. What began as a protest of the present moment has become a movement for change.
While Rhode Island was the first state to promote religious freedom, for far too long reproductive freedom has been quietly governed - if indirectly - by the Catholic Church.
TWP was created to let Rhode Islanders know the truth: if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level, RI will have no law to protect the right to abortion. Most Rhode Islanders, living in a ‘blue state,’ did not realize that without Roe vs. Wade, RI could revert to old laws which are among the most restrictive and oppressive in the entire United States.
That is why TWP balances artistic events and traditional actions to make change locally or at the state level. These are some of the action TWP will make, online or physically somewhere, to add our voice to the many calling for change.
What does it look like now? Read the statement from the Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom. The sub A (amendment) for the RPA (H 5125) will be voted on Tuesday in House Judiciary. The Coalition and The Womxn Project are in support of this amendment. We would like to see the Senate version of the RHCA (S 152) be amended in the Senate to line up with the … [Read more...] about Get the Facts!
After more than two months with no action out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a vote has FINALLY been scheduled for the Reproductive Health Care Act (S 152A) this Tuesday, May 14th! We will be there to make our voices heard to protect the right to abortion. This is it. The stakes could not be higher. Just today lawmakers in Alabama pushed yet another outright ban on … [Read more...] about RHCA VOTE ON TUESDAY, 5/14 – be there with us!
By Cori Garland I spent yesterday afternoon at the Rhode Island State House dressed as a handmaid from Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale. For the uninitiated, Atwood's handmaidens are forced to endure pregnancy that is the product of rape because the theocracy governing the former United States has decided that all fertile women must procreate and must … [Read more...] about Being a Handmaid at the Rhode Island State House
Hey, Womxn Project friends. You may have seen that earlier today the Georgia governor signed House Bill 481, a bill banning aboriton as early as 6 weeks – a time when most people do not even know that they are pregnant. Several states are moving bills that are basically outright bans. That is why we are standing in solidarity. All this week we are encouraging folks to help … [Read more...] about Solidarity with the South & actions for access in Rhode Island!
The Womxn Project knows how important it is that we have the information and contraceptive supplies to prevent unintended pregnancy and plan their families, that we can obtain prenatal care to have a healthy pregnancy, and that we can get a safe abortion when we need to end a pregnancy. Making sure people can become parents when they are ready and have the support the need … [Read more...] about WE are pro-family. We are speaking up for women and families.
It has been an exciting week! We had large groups of folks at the State House all week to make it clear that Rhode Island women do not want to wait any longer to protect our rights. Mid-week we had a group of handmaidens with us and it shook things up. The handmaids represent a dystopian future where women do not have rights or agency – the kind of future we are fighting … [Read more...] about Let’s keep it up! Let’s get this done.
To the members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, We are submitting testimony on behalf of The Womxn Project. The Womxn Project is a non-profit organization in Rhode Island focused on building a strong, feminist, community-based movement to further human rights of Rhode Islanders by using art and activism to advance education and social change. We have a … [Read more...] about Testimony for House Bill 5609/Senate Bill 0678: Doula Services Covered by Insurance & Medicaid
Hey, Womxn Project friends. We know that a majority of legislators and a majority of voters want to see the Reproductive Health Care Act passed THIS YEAR! We are doing all we can to make that happen. We need your help. We need the Senate leadership to LEAD – to get this bill out of the Judiciary Committee, to the floor and to the governor’s desk without amendments. … [Read more...] about Senate Leaders need to LEAD to protect our health and rights!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our big FUN'draiser on Sunday. We had an exciting weekend full of organizing and community building across the state from Portsmouth to Coventry to Providence and Warwick. You can check out pictures on our Facebook and Twitter. We have another fun and fabulous opportunity THIS WEEK! On Thursday, April 4th from 3:00-7:30pm, we will be in … [Read more...] about Making Art, Making Change
Hello Womxn Project Movement! Coming at you with a message to share the MANY opportunities to speak out with us to turn up the heat and push through the Reproductive Health Care Act (S 152A). We are sooooo close, but we have to work hard to maintain the momentum to see this campaign through! A new and fun action is happening this Sunday from 11:00am-12:00pm in Coventry. … [Read more...] about HONK if you support the RHCA!
We are fortunate in Rhode Island to have members of Congress who really do a lot of great work to support the health and needs of women and families in our state. That is why THIS WEEK, we are calling on them to do all they can to protect the right to abortion and pass the Reproductive Health Care Act THIS YEAR. Yes, we know it is a state bill, but these are folks with some … [Read more...] about CONGRESS, what have you done for us lately?
We had an EXCITING weekend with volunteers coming together for postcard parties and pick-up, phone-banking, petitions at a parade, and our “Faith in Action” event. Thank you to the MANY people who joined us. We are so grateful to the thousands of volunteers who are part the campaign to pass the RHCA! The momentum is growing, but we have to keep it up! We have to get … [Read more...] about KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON with us (we have to!)
The momentum behind the Reproductive Health Care Act is so exciting, but we have to keep speaking out and showing up. RISE UP WITH US! We have a number of exciting events you can attend. We also have our postcarding program. It is easy, but makes a big difference. Just grab a postcard packet THIS WEEKEND and complete it on your own time. Help keep up the pressure to get … [Read more...] about RISE UP With Us This Weekend (Lots Of Options)!