R.I. voters remember Justice Ginsburg and continue her work to protect reproductive rights

R.I. voters remember Justice Ginsburg and continue her work to protect reproductive rights

This week, I helped organize a vigil for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, where over 80 Rhode Islanders gathered to celebrate her legacy as a champion for reproductive rights.

But I know that this gathering was only a small sample of the many Rhode Islanders who are committed to protecting reproductive rights for all women.

In our recent primaries, voters across the state overwhelmingly cast their ballots for state legislative candidates who believe in abortion access as a crucial part of comprehensive health care.

These results show what polling has long demonstrated – abortion access is not a divisive political issue; it’s a topic that enjoys growing consensus. Even in Rhode Island, the most Catholic state, voters support reproductive freedom and wish to move forward to ensure that every Rhode Islander has this fundamental right.

This new generation of elected leaders now has an incredible opportunity to remember Justice Ginsburg’s role as a pioneer for women’s issues in politics and fight for abortion access in Rhode Island. But these elections alone aren’t enough; we must ensure that the power we have been building for so long translates into policies that expand abortion access for everyone.

I call on all Rhode Island voters to join me in urging our elected leaders to make a reproductive freedom agenda a top legislative priority.

Jocelyn Foye

Director of The Womxn Project

Wakefield