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Oklahoma abortion rights advocates join National Day of Action

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Activists rallied at the Oklahoma Capitol Tuesday as part of nationwide demonstrations protesting anti-abortion measures across the US. [Kathryn McNutt/The Oklahoman]
Activists rallied at the Oklahoma Capitol Tuesday as part of nationwide demonstrations protesting anti-abortion measures across the US. [Kathryn McNutt/The Oklahoman]

Abortion rights supporters rallied Tuesday at the Oklahoma Capitol in response to Alabama’s passage of a ban on abortion and other laws restricting the procedure across the country.

"Oklahoma knows about it. We've seen our share of attempts to ban safe, legal abortion," said Anna Facci, organizer at Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

"We're here to tell Oklahoma lawmakers 'keep your laws off my body,'" Facci said. "We need to get energized for the fight ahead."

The National Day of Action in all 50 states was organized by Planned Parenthood, Women's March, the ACLU and other groups, said Tamya Cox. Planned Parenthood Great Plains organized Oklahoma's last-minute rally after a call from the national organization saying nothing was scheduled in the state.

About 40 people turned out.

"This group might be small and mighty, but they represent many Oklahomans from across the state who want to stand up and protect safe and legal abortion," Cox said. "We have champions in both the Senate and the House."

Several women at the rally told their stories of abortion, including artist and advocate Lauren Zuniga, who read a poem about her experience following an assault at age 17.

Women shared feelings of shame and being trapped. "I didn't want to do it," one woman said, recalling her experience more than 20 years ago. "It was such despair. It was such desperation."

Allie Shinn, director of Freedom Oklahoma said, "This is the the only issue that matters in 2019 America."

K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›

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