We are a coalition of organizations and individuals promoting reproductive justice in Oklahoma through education, empowerment, and advocacy.
A volunteer board of directors governs OCRJ. The coalition has applied for 501(c)4 status with the IRS and is incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Oklahoma. OCRJ is committed to bringing reproductive justice to Oklahoma and will continue to engage in activism on all levels to succeed.
OCRJ began in the spring of 2010 when a meeting was called to discuss the legislation that impacted women’s reproductive rights. Governor Henry had vetoed the legislation and considered it unnecessary and unconstitutional. Both the Oklahoma Senate and House were preparing to override the vetoes in order to continue their attack on reproductive freedom. Over 60 people attended that first meeting and expressed grave concerns over the legislation. The very next day, over 70 individuals showed up at the capitol wearing pink shirts in silent protest of the attempt to override the vetoes. OCRJ had a watchful presence each day that week. And while three of the four vetoes were regrettably overridden, the presence of OCRJ’s “pink brigade” influenced legislative leadership not to bring up the fourth veto, so it stood. This positive response by concerned citizens garnered enough support for the creation of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice.