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Women Call for Reproductive Rights at Rally (May 12, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reproductive rights advocates are decrying proposals in the Oklahoma Legislature that would limit abortion rights and defund a program that provides food and other services to about 9,300 women and children in the Tulsa area.

About 100 women wearing pink T-shirts rallied in the state Capitol's fourth-floor rotunda Thursday. Many held pink placards that said "Choice Now and Always" in black letters.

Gov. Mary Fallin last month signed anti-abortion legislation passed by the House and Senate that prohibits abortions on fetuses older than 20 weeks. Supporters say medical evidence indicates fetuses that age can feel pain.

Kelly Jennings of the Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice says that kind of legislation assumes that women are unable to make moral choices about their lives and bodies.

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