By Martha Skeeters, Ph.D., President, Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Professor Emerita/Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma and Marion Homier, Vice President, Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice
This article appeared on the National Partnership for Women & Families on May 29. View original.
Oklahomans pride themselves on the way our citizens pull together in emergencies and tragedies — the Murrah Building bombing, wildfires and frequent tornadoes. But many residents, unfortunately, also like to call ours the most conservative state.
That includes relentless efforts to erode reproductive rights. Politician blog s campaign in part on their determination to end abortion altogether, and they live in real fear of being publicly accused of being “pro-abortion” should they vote against any of the anti-reproductive health bills filed each session. The efforts to chip away women’s — and men’s — reproductive rights are relentless, fueled by a very conservative and religious right constituency.