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Women's rights demonstrators rally at Oklahoma Capitol

by Juliana Keeping Published: April 29, 2012

/articleid/3670843/1/pictures/1706820">Photo - Demonstrators march during a women's rights march to the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 28, 2012.  The demonstration was put on by Unite Women, who organized other demonstrations throughout the world to protest legislation that restricts reproductive rights.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman
Demonstrators march during a women's rights march to the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 28, 2012. The demonstration was put on by Unite Women, who organized other demonstrations throughout the world to protest legislation that restricts reproductive rights. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

“That's not progress,” Droke said.

“That's not even status quo backward.”

Oklahoma lawmakers have approved more than 30 anti-abortion measures since the GOP gained control of the House after 2004.

Droke and others who attended said they wished lawmakers would turn their focus on issues such as education and health care, which could help improve the quality of the lives of children already born in Oklahoma.

Laws addressed

Ashley Skinnell, an organizer of the Oklahoma rally, said the event is not just about the anti-abortion legislation in Oklahoma, like the personhood bill.

She said laws across the nation are targeting women, and she'd like people to know more about these measures.

“Topeka proposed legislation that decriminalizes domestic violence in order to balance their budget,” Skinnell said. “There's a lot going on. There's over 1,000 pieces of legislation that not everyone has heard about.”

The demonstration began at noon Saturday with a march from the First Unitarian Church to the Capitol for a 1 p.m. rally. Speakers hailed from groups such as the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Trust Women and the League of Women Voters.

Senate Bill 1433 did not get a hearing Thursday before the GOP-controlled House of Representatives adjourned. The Senate passed the measure in February.

While dead for the year, the bill left plenty of controversy in its wake.

Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, tried to get an amendment into the measure that said it was an act against unborn children for men to waste sperm, which drew national attention.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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