Oklahoma has passed some of the most restrictive laws in the nation in regard to abortion. I participated in a rally opposing the legislation at the state capitol today. The rally was sponsored by a new organization that calls itself the Coalition for Reproductive Justice. Here's what I said at the press conference:
The laws enacted by the Oklahoma legislature this session were deliberately designed to harass and intimidate women making one of the most intimate, personal, and painful decisions of their lives.
Such decisions should be made conscientiously and under the private counsel of their own doctors, ministers and family members.
The government has no business inserting themselves into these matters. In doing so it is infringing on one of the most basic and inalienable of human rights -- the right of fully conscious and sentient persons to make decisions about their own life and health under the liberty of a conscience formed by their own religious beliefs and convictions.
This legislation cannot stand. It will not stand. And, the ladies behind me are going to see that it does not stand.