Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Poet Lauren Zuniga: "To The Oklahoma Lawmakers"

Performance poet Lauren Zuniga recites a wrenching poem in response to the Oklahoma Legislature's law requiring that women seeking abortions undergo mandatory ultrasounds. In March, the law was ruled unconstitutional; however, Oklahoma lawmakers have continued introducing anti-abortion bills, including laws on the heartbeat and personhood of a fetus and, believe it or not, banning aborted fetuses in food. Of course, the poem also applies to the Republican war on women on a national level. Listen as Zuniga speaks of a confused, impregnated high school girl and lawmakers' attempts to "tattoo her womb with shame":

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