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Pro-choice rally attendees seek reproductive justice in "red," reactionary Oklahoma

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Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma was among those organizations present at Pink Wave 2015 at the State Capitol.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – It was a sea of pink Tuesday at the State Capitol as pro-choice activists donning pink clothing and holding pink banners and sharing a message of reproductive freedom gathered to counter the numerous anti-abortion bills that inevitably clog the legislative pipes, as it were.

Called “Pink Wave 2015,” the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice calls this year’s theme “Five Years and Still Fighting” and was held between 10 a.m. and 1p.m. today.

Specifically, reproductive justice seeks to allow women to have the unimpeded right to havea  child, while also supporting the sharing of information about contraception, family planning, sexual education, abortion options, pregnancy care, healthcare and more. This is needed in Oklahoma, considering the state is dead last when it comes women’s and children’s health and well-being outcomes.

Last week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed HB 1409, from Lindsey Republican Lisa Billy. Her bill increases the time for voluntary and informed consent prior to an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Additionally, Billy’s bill states that abortion facilities in Oklahoma will have to operate a website that has a link to the state’s “A Woman’s Right to Know” website. An actual physician in the House, Republican Doug Cox, came out against Billy's bill saying that as a medical professional, this extreme legislation will lead to more onerous barriers to women seeking a safe and legal procedure. We wrote about Cox's pro-choice positions in 2013.

Among those speaking today at Pink Wave 2015 were Keri Parks of Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, Valerie Lambert, of the University of Oklahoma’s Women’s and Gender Studies and the Rev. Dwight Welch of the United Church of Norman.

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