Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice

Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ) consists of a group of young Okies dedicated to caring and advocating for Oklahomans, using community and grassroots approaches to raise awareness and advocate for access to full reproductive freedom for all, regardless of race, class, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We believe that social justice issues are inseparable from reproductive issues and advocate for a holistic view of reproductive justice Visit our site at ok4rj.org
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These predatory measures directly affect folks’ abilities to take care of themselves and their families and communities. ALEC hasn’t technically targeted reproductive rights, but around here we know that the more hurdles a person has to leap in order to be allowed some measure of self-determination, the less control they have over their reproductive autonomy. ALEC is, however, targeting Oklahoma – remember, top 5 in poverty and poor health, and the front line for the battle against the Keystone XL – for environmental deregulation, union-busting, and healthcare denial. This is a totally parasitic relationship. Go home, ALEC, you’re drunk on coal and guns.
OK4RJ | ALEC Holds Annual Meeting in OKC, Looms Menacingly Over Flyover Country
HB 1305 is here to ban all the abortions which are based on gender selection. If you identify as a woman, it’s not like you’re a real person anyway, but North Dakota made this one for you, baby. HB 1305 also bans abortion on the basis of “genetic abnormalities”. This vague phrasing is conducive to equating “going to an abortion provider” with “being evil and choosing your spawn according to aesthetics.” There is no such thing as bodily autonomy because dammit Jim, you’re a reproductive receptacle, not a person with decision making abilities.
The quarantine bill reads exactly like a piece of reactionary legislation would have about ten minutes after the American AIDS epidemic was labeled as such back in the 1980s, before even basic facts could be ascertained about the disease. Facts like: HIV cannot be spread by casual contact! There is absolutely no explanation for attempting to medically isolate people carrying certain viruses against their will, unless you are so scared of the type of folks who happen to carry that particular virus that you involuntarily and sporadically pen legislation about it. But this is America, where black people are certainly not deemed oversexed criminal menaces AT BIRTH, and queer people definitely don’t have a history of being constantly declared a threat to public health. Right?

Time to play catch-up with some sweet summertime anti-choice legislation updates!



As some of y’all may know, I moved from one flyover red state to another – Missouri – a few years back (although I live in a bluish city that some folks might be able to focus their eyes on for a millisecond or two before resting on Chicago). You may also remember hearing about the Blunt Amendment on the news when the “War on Women” meme first got started and states were throwing anti-choice legislation around like so many japes in a George R.R. Martin book.

Anyway, the Missouri legislature passed their version of the thing in June. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny abortion and contraceptive coverage to their employees based on a conscience clause, which we all agreed was totally silly back when. Our fair governor looked like he might have wanted tolet it slide, but wound up vetoing it the other day. Yay!

So this wasn’t Oklahoma news, but do keep in mind that something’s always cooking in the bananastown that is your home state’s anti-choice state legislature.

all i did was google "bananastown" i SWEAR

this banana is going to go full steampunk(???) all over your reproductive rights

Pearl keeps forgetting to buy a day planner.


Kansas House Passes Most Dangerous Sweeping Anti-Abortion Law In The Nation


In March, Addictinginfo reported on a dangerous anti-abortion bill being considered by the Republican dominated Kansas House of Representatives. We are now horrified to report that the Kansas House has passed that bill and it now goes to the Senate.

Republicans are poised to make the 69 page bill the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Among the provisions include:

• A sales tax on all abortions. Even rape victims would have to pay the tax, which could be as high as 6.3%. Despite their objections to millionaires paying more taxes, Republicans feel it’s okay to tax women for making a personal decision about their own bodies. This makes abortion more expensive.

• A personhood measure that would define life as beginning at conception, which would almost certainly make abortion equivalent to murder and outlaw all abortion in the state of Kansas. Many forms of contraception could also be banned.

• A measure that significantly limits abortions in the third trimester.

• A provision that bans women from claiming abortion insurance coverage and services on their taxes.

• Doctors are hereby ordered to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer, which is a damned lie.

• Doctors are also shielded from lawsuits if they withhold critical health information from pregnant women that could cause them to decide to have an abortion. In other words, they don’t have to tell women about the health of the fetus they carry and don’t have to tell women about any problems with the pregnancy.

Such measures would make it nearly impossible for women to get an abortion in the state of Kansas. They would severely restrict a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. And the bill forces women to submit to the will of men. This is by far the most dangerous anti-abortion bill in the country and puts the lives of women in danger. Republicans are declaring that abortion is a cause of cancer despite the fact that real science has proved otherwise, and yet, they are forcing doctors to falsely tell pregnant women that if they get an abortion, cancer could follow, even though many top health organizations have proven that such a connection is a total myth.

The tax is also a major issue in this bill. According to Planned Parenthood this bill could require those who enforce the tax to view the private medical records of women, which would violate medical privacy laws, and could apply a sales tax on contraception. And since poor women are more likely to obtain an abortion, it places a steeper financial burden on that particular group.

Republicans are so obsessed with ending abortion that they are willing to lie to women to scare them from having one and are willing to tax them and pry into their private medical records. It’s despicable and totally unethical. This is nothing but a persecution and proves without a shadow of a doubt which party is really trying to create a big tyrannical government. None of this bill is being voted on by the people of Kansas. It’s being forced upon them by a group of conservative extremists who want to control the reproductive choices of women. If this bill passes the Senate, Governor Brownback has already stated that he will sign it, even though he hasn’t read it. And when he signs it, it will be crystal clear which state in America women should steer clear of at all costs if they want to keep their privacy and personal liberty.

Are you fcking kidding me!!!

I’ve been thinking about patterns lately. Not the aesthetically-pleasing type, either. No, I’ve been thinking about large-scale patterns of abuse, destruction, and decline. Hate to break it to you, but the global economy is in the terlet and our fossil-fuel based industrial capitalism is straight-up collapsing in on itself, and that is not fear-mongering. Hate to break another thing to you, but our government has been bought and paid for by corporations, and that is not a conspiracy theory. Hate to preach to the choir, but elected officials have been rolling back reproductive rights for a minute now. Whew! Aren’t you glad we got that out of the way?

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The state House approved a resolution Tuesday declaring that life begins at conception — despite opposition by pro-life leaders. 

The resolution mimics language in a controversial “personhood” bill but lacks the effect of law. 

HR 1054 passed on a 74-13 vote. 

from the Tulsa World

so just to be clear, this is not a bill that would be made into a law, like the fetal personhood bill that failed here, this is a resolution, a symbolic move that’s just adding to the swirling mass of anti-choice legislation. -OK4RJ

The House Republican caucus met early Thursday afternoon and decided not to take the measure up this year, Steele told a state Capitol press conference.

“This decision was not made unilaterally, but as a caucus collectively,” Steele said. “I accept the will of our caucus.”