I was unable to attend the rally of male allies at the Rhode Island statehouse yesterday, but I wanted to extend my full support of the bill S0152, “The Reproductive Health Care Act.”
As both a husband and a father, I want to ensure all the women in my life have equal and safe access to abortion. But more so, as a human being who believes that health care is a matter of dignity, it is important to me that the women of Rhode Island can rely on our state legislators to protect those rights.
The Reproductive Health Care Act seeks to codify already existing law, and to strike from our lawbooks the outdated and unconstitutional laws. You don’t need a daughter or a wife to put value on a woman’s right to bodily autonomy.
During my 25 years as a first responder, I saw firsthand the disparity in healthcare for our disadvantaged populations. Criminalizing abortion will not lead to fewer abortions, just more dangerous ones. The Center for Reproductive Rights has found that states with more abortion restrictions have higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. Access to safe and legal abortion — in essence, health care — is integral to a woman’s health.
I urge our leaders in the Senate to bring S0152 out of committee and to the Senate floor for a vote.
Michael “Sled” Gledhill