reproductive rights

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It’s prom season, and romance is in the air. And so is anxiety for adults.

There’s a lot of planning that goes into high school prom night.  But it’s those events students don’t plan for that keep Dr. Beata Nelken up at night.

Nelken, a pediatrician, runs at Central Falls High School’s health center. The clinic's services include testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, birth control and education about sexual health. She also gives her patients "prom bags" filled with condoms. 

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Steve Brown, executive director of Rhode Island's American Civil Liberties Union, joins Bonus Q&A this week. He discussed a range of topics, including racial profiling, reproductive rights & more.  

John Bender

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted residents Wednesday night concerned about the future under President-elect Donald Trump. 

Old stories have a way of cycling back into the news in Rhode Island, and this otherwise quiet week was a case in point. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

One of the many last-minute bills being considered by the General Assembly would create a "Choose Life" license plate and fund free counseling meant to dissuade women from having abortions.