[PROVIDENCE, RI, April 10, 2018] Sulina Mohanty, the chair
of the Rhode Island Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus, testified in favor of
Rhode Island House Bill 7340, the Reproductive Health Care Act, in front of the
House Judiciary Committee.
Chairwoman Mohanty gave several reasons for the Caucus’
support for the Reproductive
Health Care Act, pointing to the threat of laws currently on
the books in Rhode Island that are unenforceable due to Roe v. Wade , as well
as public opinion in the state:
“There are laws on the books right now that don’t respect
women’s essential rights and that don’t reflect the values of the vast majority
of Rhode Islanders who want to see those rights protected. Thanks to Roe v Wade
, these laws are unenforceable, but they carry the threat of what can happen
when women’s health and rights aren’t valued . . .
By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders believe that the
decision to end a pregnancy should stay between a woman and her doctor. We
don’t need lawmakers, the Supreme Court, or Donald Trump intruding into the
medical exam room. And we sure don’t need to have laws written by men decades
ago stripping us of our fundamental rights now, in 2018.
The Reproductive Health Care Act is necessary to guarantee
that Rhode Island women don’t lose the protections of Roe v Wade . Passing this
critical legislation will protect us from the whims and ideology of extremists
in Washington. On behalf of the Rhode Island Democratic Party Women’s Caucus
and the majority of Rhode Islanders who want to protect women’s reproductive
rights, I urge you to bring the Reproductive Health Care Act to a vote and pass
it without delay.”
The mission of the Rhode Island Democratic Party Women’s
Caucus is to ensure gender
equality in our laws, our Democratic Party and in our
government representation. We believe a strong Democratic Party values and
includes the diverse voices of our Party.