250 protest legislation at Oklahoma capitol

Posted on April 29, 2012

NECN.com, April 29, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — About 250 demonstrators marched on Oklahoma’s state Capitol to protest legislation restricting reproductive rights.

UniteWomen.org organized “United Against the War on Women” marches and rallies across the nation Saturday in response to bills that it perceives as attacking reproductive, voting and human rights.

Demonstrators said measures such as the personhood act take away a woman’s control over her own body. Senate Bill 1433 would declare that life begins at conception. Protesters said they want lawmakers to focus on education and health care issues.

Demonstrator Zane Wood told KOKH-TV that women have come a long way and their rights need to be protected.

SB 1433 didn’t get a hearing Thursday before the House of Representatives adjourned for the week. The Senate passed the measure in February.