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Connie Johnson on Abortion

 

 


Advocate for women's reproductive freedom in State Senate

The former state senator from Forest Park was probably one of the most liberal Democrats in the Legislature, where she served from 2005 until 2014, when she made a failed bid for U.S. Senate.

While in the state Senate, she was a strong advocate for women's reproductive freedom, debating against bills that put restrictions on abortion. She attempted to amend a bill that said life begins at conception with "any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child." The measure, called the personhood bill, and the amendment did not secure approval.

She supports the legalization of marijuana, wants to abolish the death penalty and worked toward criminal justice reform. She is past vice chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and serves as chairwoman of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Source: Tulsa World on 2018 Oklahoma governor race , Jul 30, 2017

Respect life, but support woman's right to choose

Q: Do you support or oppose abortion as a woman's right?

A: Strongly support; however, we also respect life and would prefer to minimize the need for abortion through age appropriate sex education and universal access to affordable birth control. Additionally, poverty is at the root of most unintended pregnancies, especially teen pregnancies. Economics and reproduction are intimately intertwined, as most any cultural anthropologist will attest.

Source: Email interview on 2014 Okla. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Sep 25, 2014

Don't incarcerate women for biological functions with ova

Connie finds troubling recent legislative efforts that focus solely on the female's role in the reproductive process. Sen. Johnson's action in 2012 to amend the so-called "Personhood" bill-- SB 1433, authored by State Sen. Brian Crain (R-Tulsa)-- represents the culmination of hers and many Oklahomans' frustration regarding the ridiculousness of our reproductive policy initiatives in Oklahoma.

Connie's amendment seeks to draw attention to the absurdity, duplicity and lack of balance inherent in the policies of this state surround reproductive health. Oklahoma already incarcerates more women than any other place in the world. Under the Personhood bill, a woman in Oklahoma would face additional criminal charges and potential incarceration for biological functions that produce or, in some cases, destroy eggs or embryos, such as a miscarriage. Connie's amendment sought to draw humorous attention to the hypocrisy and inconsistency of this proposal.

Source: 2014 Okla. Senate campaign website, cj4ok.com , Jun 25, 2014

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