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Join Osage News and KOSU for a discussion on Indigenous women's health and reproductive rights

Shannon and Allison
Shannon Shaw Duty and Allison Herrera

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, discussion around reproductive rights for Indigenous women has been narrowly focused on whether access could be given through the sovereignty of tribal nations and whether abortions clinics could open on tribal land.

Some Native women find that suggestion to be offensive and say it's ignoring what tribal sovereignty means. Moreover, the discussion misses altogether the topic of women's health and reproductive rights and what they both mean in the Indigenous community. Indigenous women also face barriers when it comes to accessing reproductive care.

Since Oklahoma passed several abortion bans, we've heard from listeners and readers asking about what it means and how it affects them. So far, we've published two FAQs about these new laws, and set up a reproductive health landing page when we cover stories. However, we know there are more questions to look into, and we want your input.

Event Details

Join Allison Herrera, KOSU's Indigenous Affairs reporter and Shannon Shaw Duty, editor of Osage News, for a discussion about the new state laws that have taken effect in Oklahoma surrounding reproductive health care, as well as some of the issues Indigenous women experience when getting prenatal and postpartum care, and some of the health inequities they face.

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1-3 p.m.
Big Rain Gallery
617 Kihekah Ave.
Pawhuska, OK 74056

This event is free, but you must sign up as there is limited capacity.


Submit Your Questions

Submit questions in advance using the form below.

Your questions will be kept anonymous unless explicitly said otherwise. Please note: we take the safety of everyone attending this event seriously since this is a sensitive subject.

You can also email Allison Herrera at allison@kosu.org or Shannon Shaw Duty at osagenews@osagenation-nsn.gov if you have further questions. We hope to see you there for this important conversation.

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Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor for Osage News
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