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Protesters vs. ‘Personhood’

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Dubbed the Oklahomans Against the Personhood Act Rally, the protest on the north side of the Capitol featured remarks from state Sen. Constance Johnson (pictured), D-Holdenville, who told the crowd she had a message for her Senate colleagues who passed the legislation earlier this month.

“Women brought you into this world, and women will vote you out,” Johnson said, prompting cheers from protesters. “Abstinence and ignorance aren't alternatives. Women's rights are human rights. If you can’t trust me with choice, then how can you trust me with children?”

The rally also featured a public art installation made of shoes donated by participants to represent the various roles of women in the world. Protest organizers also said the work was meant to memorialize women who have been injured or killed as the result of an unsafe abortion.

The state Senate passed Senate Bill 1433 on Feb. 15, sending the measure to the House for consideration. Its author, Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, has rejected arguments that the measure would criminalize birth control, stem cell research and in vitro fertilization.

Photos by Shannon Cornman

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