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Oklahomans join anti-abortion march in Washington

Protesting the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, an estimated 250 Oklahomans joined the march from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court.
by Chris Casteel Published: January 25, 2013

“Today and every day, my Administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health and minimize the need for abortion.”

‘Continuing the fight'

Sheila Mazkoori, a student at the University of Oklahoma, echoed Boehner's sentiment that abortion is a human rights cause.

Mazkoori, who was attending her fourth march, said the number of participants was growing.

“It just shows how far we're progressing forward,” she said. “I think it's going to change sooner than we think, I think in the next 10 years.”

Oklahoma City attorney Kevin Calvey, a leader in Oklahomans for Life, said about 250 Oklahomans came on a group of buses to attend the march.

“I think a fairly significant majority of Americans are uncomfortable with abortion and believe that it should be subject to more reasonable regulation than it is currently,” said Calvey, who advocates for restrictions at the state Capitol.

“But the court system is the roadblock and always has been. We think there are some things that can be done in the near term to give more protections to children in the womb. As far as overturning Roe versus Wade itself — not with the current president and the Senate.”

Calvey said he has been working on changes to the state's parental notification law; he said the current notification requirements can be bypassed with a judge's order to prevent a mother's parents from learning of the abortion, even though the procedure might endanger the mother's life.

Chris Capehart, of Sallisaw, said she came mainly to support the children in her parish who wanted to attend.

“It's very powerful to be here,” she said. “It's been an education … The more I march, and the more people I meet and hear their testimonies, the more convicted I become about my stance on abortion and life.”

Abby Pollart, youth director at Holy Family Parish in Lawton, said, “I think today is a true example of how we're not alone in this fight, that there are a lot of people who have our backs and everybody's in it together. Now that I'm a youth director and no longer in college, it's great to see the next generation is continuing the fight that's been started.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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