The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice will meet at St. Stephen’s Church Wednesday October 26 at 6 pm. Representative Emily Virgin (District 44) will give an update on legislative activity. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.
OCRJ is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization which seeks to educate and advocate on issues of reproductive justice as it relates to human rights. While the organization emerged because of legislation restricting women’s reproductive rights, it is also defines reproductive justice as concerning child and maternal health, access to contraception, access to sexual health education, environmental issues, poverty, gender justice, child abuse, and the foster care system among other issues.
OCRJ is a plaintiff in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of laws passed by the Oklahoma legislature. H.B. 2780 requires a medical ultrasound procedure, whether or not a doctor recommends it or a woman wants it when terminating a pregnancy and H.B. 1970 denies the use of the drugs recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for use in medical abortions. In both of these laws the government overrides the judgment of doctors in choosing the best medical treatment for their patients and seeks to put obstacles in the way of women’s exercise of their moral vision and constitutional rights.
For more information go to ocrj.org.