Another legislative session reproductive justice supporters can celebrate. For over a decade, the Oklahoma Legislature has had at least one extreme abortion restriction pass that ultimately has resulted in a costly lawsuit. But, for the second year in a row, no extreme anti-abortion bill restricting access to services will become law.Read More
Kansas, don't be fooled by the 'D' in Josh Svaty's gubernatorial candidacy. This Democrat voted against Planned Parenthood Great Plains and its patients repeatedly during his 2003-2009 tenure in the Kansas Legislature, and we don't expect any changes this time around.
In recent polls done in the state of Kansas, the majority said they support Planned Parenthood Great Plains and access to safe, legal abortion. Since November, PPGPV has welcomed more than 4,000 activists and donors. Our list is growing by the thousands each month. This is not the time or the place for any political candidate or party to attack reproductive rights and access to health care. Our supporters have loudly taken to the streets, organized town halls, and rallied to defend Planned Parenthood. Any candidate whose platform or record, which doesn't align with Planned Parenthood, like Svaty's would be an unacceptable lateral move for Kansans looking for moderate leadership.
Svaty's two most notable offenses against patients seeking safe, legal abortion in Kansas:
- his support of a bill that defined life at fertilization. This is a dangerous attack on Roe v. Wade and a patient's constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.
- supporting a bill allowing a woman's family member or partner to sue a doctor or even support-staff to prevent her from having a safe, legal abortion. This measure ignored women's decision making abilities, placing it in the hands of various family members.
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes stands firm against any candidate for Governor of any party who throws women and their health care under the bus, and so should you.
"Josh Svaty's anti-health care voting record is wrong for Kansas. Since the November election, tens of thousands of Kansans have taken to the streets, attended town halls, and rallied to support reproductive rights, access to abortion, and affordable health care. Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes has welcomed 4,000 new donors and activists since November. Kansas is the wrong place for any candidate like Svaty who has consistently voted against one of the loudest majorities PPGPV has seen in its fight for sexual and reproductive health care. Our supporters, a list that grows by the thousands each month, will not tolerate any party or candidate whose platform does not advocate for Planned Parenthood and its patients. PPGPV promises to stop any anti-choice extremists, like Svaty, from gaining even the slightest political foothold in Kansas," Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes President and CEO, Laura McQuade said.
Stay tuned for more information on what should be a very interesting election.
In a recent poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling in 13 districts including Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder's District-3, voters said they overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act. Also, any efforts to defund Planned Parenthood would be detrimental to Congressman Yoder's 2018 run. It's clear that any measures to dismantle the ACA or to defund Planned Parenthood is deeply unpopular.
Question: If Congressman Kevin Yoder supported defunding Planned Parenthood, would that make you less likely or more likely to support him, or would it not make a difference?
Question: Do you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
Question: Do you support or oppose the House Republicans health care proposal, known as the American Health Care Act?
Planned Parenthood Great Plains patients and nurses traveled to Washington D.C. to share their stories with their elected officials in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. They met with those who have opposed Planned Parenthood. Meetings included staff from Rep. Hill's (R-AR) office and Sen. Inhofe's (R-OK) office, as well as meetings with offices of reproductive rights champions like Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). PPGP's patients and providers kept video journals to share their stories.
While Congress took a recess, voters nationwide went to work, gathering in community centers, schools, and auditoriums to ask their elected officials tough questions about important issues on their minds and demand they do their job and represent the will of the majority.Read More
The craft beer community is generally progressive minded, and when Donald Trump won the Presidential Election, a gloomy cloud descended upon many staff and customers at Bier Station. Among our major concerns was the biggest threat in decades to reproductive rights posed by the new Administration and Congress.Read More
We remember the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a look back on what it was like before the landmark Supreme Court decision, which affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.Read More
Every year in January, our nation celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His tireless fight for the civil rights of Black Americans continues to inspire modern movements for justice and equality.Read More
Since the election, nearly 1,000 people made a donation to Planned Parenthood Great Plains or Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes in Vice President-Elect Mike Pence's name. Mike Pence has been an outspoken opponent against sexual and reproductive health care for the millions of people who choose Planned Parenthood for their services.Read More
As we slowly emerge from the shock of the 2016 Presidential election, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes and Planned Parenthood Great Plains have received an overwhelming amount of support...in Vice President-Elect, Mike Pence's name. Yep, you heard right - donations in Mike Pence's name. We're collecting every last one and will send these certificates to his office after the inauguration, in honor of our donors' requests. Make sure to indicate you are donating in Mike Pence's name.Read More
The past 48 hours have been difficult for many of us who envisioned a country moving forward under the fearless and forward-thinking leadership of Secretary Hillary Clinton. A lot was at stake this election cycle including reproductive rights, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice. But, while this loss deeply hurts, now is the time to make a plan of action and engage in solutions that promote inclusion, equality, and justice.
- Laura McQuade, PPGPV President and CEO
We ask you to be the light for your communities. Band together, take action and join the movement to ensure women, men, and families keep the ability to access Planned Parenthood health centers. There are a few easy things you can do to stand with Planned Parenthood, patients, and all we stand for to represent our communities.
- Join a Stand in Solidarity event. A few are coming up in the next 2 days in all of our metro areas in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Click here for a schedule and to sign up!
- Text PPGP to 4-1-4-4-4. Every dollar counts as Planned Parenthood Great Plains prepares for a challenging road ahead. As little as $5 can help a patient access birth control, STI testing and treatment, and cancer screenings.
- Make a donation to support policy work. By following this link, you're donating to advocacy and policy work that helps us fight bad legislation in our state legislatures.
- Sign up to volunteer. By signing up to volunteer, you are joining a list of rapid responders we often call when we could use a few extra hands. All talents and types needed! Sign up here. (scroll down to sign up)
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes is working every minute until the polls close, to ensure the candidates we know and trust are elected into office. Here's how we've spent the day so far...
Remember, if you're in line when the polls close, you're still entitled to vote. See you at the polls!
In the last few days before Election Day, women's health care is often used as a wedge issue - targeting undecided voters with outright lies and inflammatory rhetoric about sexual and reproductive health care. While it's clear anti-choice extremists are the minority, they are a vocal group with deep pockets. Don't let their rhetoric silence your voice.
A new Public Policy Polling survey shows just where Kansans stand on reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood, and politics. Here it is in a nutshell:
Women's access to health care, safe and legal abortion, and the right to make private decisions with their family and doctor are on the line and on the ballot this year. Stand with the majority who stand with Planned Parenthood and its patients. Support a woman's right to access sexual and reproductive health care by electing candidates we know will defend Missourians, Kansans, Oklahomans and Arkansans.
We know it takes time to learn about your candidates and the issues you'll face in the ballot box. No fear, we're here! Follow our endorsements page where you'll find printable voter guides to take with you on November 8th.
You know the feeling you get when you sit down for a test for which you didn't study enough? Don't let that feeling re-visit you in the ballot box this year. On November 8th important issues like women's access to sexual and reproductive health care, equal pay and immigration are on the line. In addition to the Presidential race, electing state and federal lawmakers who support every person's right to sexual and reproductive health care, is up to you.
But that's not all, local questions, depending on your state, will help determine important issues like voting rights and funding for public education. Need help understanding more about your ballot options? Check out Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes endorsements in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
Look over the simple and easy to read sample ballots by selecting your state below
Something big is going on in northeast Oklahoma. Do you remember Senator Nathan Dahm? Dahm is the “gynotician” who tried (and failed) to criminalize abortion providers in Oklahoma for providing compassionate care to the thousands of Oklahomans who will get an abortion every year.Read More
A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) and about how deceptive and stigmatizing they are to patients seeking options. Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes administrative offices now have a new neighbor - a crisis pregnancy center called Advice & Aid.Read More