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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Belluck does point out that “In 2011, Texas increased financing for the centers while cutting family planning money by two-thirds, and required abortion clinics to provide names of centers at least 24 hours before performing abortions. In South Dakota, a 2011 law being challenged by Planned Parenthood requires pregnancy center visits before abortions.” However, she completely fails to draw the link between these laws, as well as CPCs receiving federal funding, and the violation of the Establishment Clause. If abortion providers are required to provide names of CPCs, which are almost always Christian, what do they do with clients who aren’t Christian? Hell, these people think that the only religions that are worthy of being included on their check-off form are “Christian, Christian (Catholic), None, Other, Wicca.”

Hello hello! I’m getting really gross feelings about anti-abortion rhetoric (yes, again), so today I will be rage-bloggin about pro-life folks’ self perception as martyrs. Particularly white, Christian, cis, straight, etc. pro-life folks. The ones with all the blinding privilege.

The more time I spend keeping an eye on (read: internet stalking) anti-abortion groups, the more I see rhetoric reflecting their identity as radical martyrs. A horrifying (and hilarious) example of this would be people posting photos of themselves wearing racist anti-abortion t-shirts with captions describing themselves as “political dissidents.”



I thought this was obvious but apparently it still needs to be pointed out: Oklahoma is a red state. It is BY FAR safer to identify as an Evangelical Christian pro-lifer than to identify with any other group. There is literally NOTHING radical about being against abortion here. Occasionally someone may call you a Jesus freak or disagree with you, but that is hardly the same thing as systemic oppression.

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Surprise! I’m here to rant about rhetoric surrounding domestic terrorism again! Unfortunately for everyone, this discussion is still relevant. Last week, a Georgia clinic was firebombed during office hours while patients were still inside the building. It’s only been a few months since Texas state senator and open supporter of Planned Parenthood Wendy Davis’ office was firebombed. These two examples are NOT the only time this has happened this year, either. This time, instead of talking about how anti-abortion terrorists are typically written off as crazy, I want to call out the use of religious freedom as an excuse for violent threats and behavior.

Currently, Angel Dillard is being prosecuted for violating the FACE act by threatening Dr. Mila Means. Dr. Means has been trying to open the first abortion practice in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller was murdered just over three years ago. Dillard told Means in a letter that abortion opponents will “know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live,” the letter said.

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Prior to this semester, I was quite uninformed about the ins and outs of clinic defenses. I had a vague and romanticized idea of what occurred during a clinic defense. I envisioned the Texas sun bearing down relentlessly on the pro-lifers and pro-choices while they engaged in an endless debate. Heated conflict and visual despair would be present and the tensions would be so thick a knife could cut through it.

I was very nervous to attend my first, and so far only, clinic defense.

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On January 20th, the Obama administration announced that soon almost all insurance plans will be required to cover contraception for women free of charge. The contraception rule was one of hundreds that the administration has generated while slowly implementing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. As unveiled on January 20th, the rule did not permit broad exceptions for religious employers opposed to female contraception. An enraged Catholic Church objected to the rule’s lack of religious exceptions, and on February 10th, the Obama administration responded by changing the rule.

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