Capitol Press Conference: Pink Love 2017
Next Monday a crowd of pink-wearing reproductive rights supporters will descend on the Oklahoma Capitol Building for the second annual Pink Love, a press conference and lobby day for the most pro-family legislation of 2017. The session, hosted by the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, takes place Monday February 13, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Capitol Press Room on the fourth floor.
The annual event invites speakers, legislators, faith representatives, community members, and press to collaborate and get the best available information on the fight to maintain and expand Reproductive Justice in Oklahoma. This year, over 30 pieces of legislation affecting reproductive health were filed in Oklahoma.
“We are encouraged by the steps these legislators are taking to uplift and affirm the lives, health, and well-being of Oklahoma women and their families”, said OCRJ board member Shannon Fleck-Speidel.
Bills filed for the 2017 session range from the Domestic Abuse Act, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to bills affecting employee benefits, paid parental leave and the processing of sexual assault forensic kits. All these bills directly impact reproductive health.
“Literally every Oklahoman is affected by reproductive rights legislation, especially this session.” Shai Fenwick, OCRJ board member said. “This year is especially a time most people are looking to conserve instead of give up their rights.”
Pink Love features speakers advocating for several bills from many different organizations, including Yes All Daughters’ Christina Owen.
“While every session we are hopeful to see preventative measures for sexual assault through education, this year we are excited to see a push for timely rape kit testing. With efficient and timely DNA collection and processing we will see an increase of rape cases ending in prosecution, bringing justice to many Oklahomans”, Christina Owen said.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) works to advance reproductive justice in Oklahoma through education, empowerment, and advocacy.
For additional information, please visit www.OCRJ.org