Senator Johnson will address rally to oppose personhood bill, defend “reproductive rights”
Published: February 26th, 2012
Oklahomans Against the Personhood Act (OATPA) will hold a state Capitol rally Tuesday (February 28) from Noon. to 3 p.m. In a release sent to CapitolBeatOK, organizers say the event is in response to passage of Senate Bill 1433 in the upper chamber, a measure the group says is a threat to “the legality of many currently used forms of birth control as well as other reproductive choices.”
S.B. 1433 is known as the “Personhood Bill” and is patterned on a law in effect for two decades in Missouri.
The demonstration will feature a speech by Senator Constance Johnson, an Okahoma City Democrat, and other distinguished speakers from the medical and activist communities. Also participating in the rally, organizers say are memgers of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Coalition for Reproductive Justice and other groups.
OATPA leaders describe the group as a grassroots coalition of activists and concerned citizens. The group also opposes House Joint resolution 1067, by Rep. Mike Reynolds of Oklahoma City to extend strictures against abortion that, OATPA says, “specifically aims to harm victims of rape or incest.”