Abigail Nilsson –Staff Writer
Do you want your voice to be heard? On March 19, Rachel Jarosz, a volunteer from The Womxn Project (TWP), was at Rhode Island College encouraging students to participate in the “postcard program.” This initiative is meant to engage anyone who wants to volunteer to take a bundle of 50 postcards, a list of 50 people, a sample note, stamps and anything else one may need to reach out to the public to take part in the pro-life and pro-choice debate on the Reproductive Health Care Act (RHCA).
The RHCA would protect the legal right decided in the “Roe vs. Wade” Supreme Court decision into Rhode Island statute. This law would allow a pregnant person the legal right to obtain an abortion up to fetal viability. Fetal viability is the survival rate of a fetus taken out of utero, pre-term, that will be able to sustain life. After a certain time period, abortion would be limited to only life-threatening situations. This bill would guarantee that no matter what happens at the federal level, people in Rhode Island will continue to have the legal right to an abortion.
According to an October 2018 poll by the Providence Journal, The Public’s Radio, and ABC6, over 70% of voters and 61% of Catholics in Rhode Island want a bill that protects a person’s ability to make their own decision when it comes to abortion. “If this bill is not passed it is like we will go back in time,” said Lisa Hoopis at the Women’s Center.
Rachel Jarosz will be returning this Tuesday, March 26 to ask RIC students to help support this cause between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more information visit thewomanproject.org, or stop by the Unity Center and Women’s Center under Donovan Dining Hall on campus.