Oklahoma Monitor - July 3

Oklahoma Monitor - July 3

Dear supporter,

The past few weeks we’ve been celebrating the strength and activism of LGBTQ people at Pride events across our affiliate. In the face of relentless attempts to undo progress and attack LGBTQ people’s health, rights, and lives, we are reaffirming our commitment to building a world where no one experiences discrimination or violence because of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

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Kansas Monitor - July 3

Kansas Monitor - July 3

Dear supporter,

The past few weeks we’ve been celebrating the strength and activism of LGBTQ people at Pride events across our affiliate. In the face of relentless attempts to undo progress and attack LGBTQ people’s health, rights, and lives, we are reaffirming our commitment to building a world where no one experiences discrimination or violence because of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

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Arkansas Monitor - July 3

Arkansas Monitor - July 3

Dear supporter,

The past few weeks we’ve been celebrating the strength and activism of LGBTQ people at Pride events across our affiliate. In the face of relentless attempts to undo progress and attack LGBTQ people’s health, rights, and lives, we are reaffirming our commitment to building a world where no one experiences discrimination or violence because of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

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Oklahoma Monitor - June 10

Oklahoma Monitor - June 10

Dear supporter,

The 2019 legislative session came to its official close on May 31. Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes had one of our most successful sessions in history, and we could not have done it without you. 

Together, we:

  • Encouraged more legislators than ever before to ask questions and debate against harmful bills

  • Held one of the most successful lobby days, reaching more legislators than in previous years

  • Pinked out the Senate committee room during the debate of a harmful abortion bill

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Kansas Monitor - June 5

Kansas Monitor - June 5

Dear supporter,

The 2019 legislative session came to its official close on May 29. Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes had one of our most successful sessions in history, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Together, we:

  • Helped sustain Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of SB 67, the medication abortion “reversal” bill. Supporters like you sent more than 3,300 messages to legislators opposing this bill. 

  • Saw the end of a years-long, politically motivated lawsuit challenging Planned Parenthood’s removal from the state’s Medicaid program, KanCare.

  • Celebrated the Kansas Supreme Court's landmark decision that the Kansas Constitution protects a woman's right to safe, legal abortion.

  • Defeated an amendment in the Medicaid expansion proposal that would have “defunded” Planned Parenthood.

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Oklahoma Monitor - May 20

Oklahoma Monitor - May 20

Dear supporter,

While Oklahoma's budget negotiations and legislative session have been relatively quiet this week, other states are seeing unprecedented, extreme abortion bans. The threat is real; the outrage justified and righteous. Anti-choice politicians have proven time and time again that they will stop at nothing to ban abortion. We have to start now to get ready for the next fight in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Monitor - May 13

Oklahoma Monitor - May 13

Dear supporter,

While legislative session winds down, we are already thinking about next year. The work does not stop just because the legislature is no longer meeting. We will be working to ensure that the Oklahoma Legislature prioritizes access to health care next year by expanding Medicaid, repealing all anti-abortion restrictions on the books, and passing a comprehensive Reproductive Health Care Act.

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Oklahoma Monitor - May 6

Oklahoma Monitor - May 6

Dear supporter,

While session is winding down, we know that the most important bill has yet to pass –– the budget. The budget is the number one indicator of the State's priorities. We hope the legislature will increase funding to education (including a teacher pay raise), continue to prioritize the Department of Human Services, and increase funding to the department of Health and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Providing comprehensive health care to Oklahomans has to be a top priority if this state is to become the top 10 state Governor Stitt wants it to be.

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Kansas Monitor - May 1

Kansas Monitor - May 1

Dear supporter,

Lawmakers returning to Topeka today for veto session wasted no time in their attempt to overturn Governor Kelly’s veto of a medication abortion “reversal” bill. Just this morning, the Senate voted to override the veto, so the bill now moves to the House. Gov. Kelly said the bill will, “interfere with the relationship between patients and their physicians.”

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Oklahoma Monitor - April 29

Oklahoma Monitor - April 29

Dear supporter,

With the end of legislative session growing near, our team is gearing up for some of our most exciting volunteer programs. Our supporters and volunteers –– yes, that includes you –– are the lifeblood of the work we do. From making phone calls to talking with patients about the work of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes to helping table at Pride festivals across the state, summer is our busiest volunteer season.

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Oklahoma Monitor - April 22

Oklahoma Monitor - April 22

Dear supporter,

Last week, the so-called medication abortion "reversal" bill passed out of the House and is now headed to the governor's desk. Send a message to Governor Stitt now telling him to veto this bill.

I could describe how disappointed we are with this vote, but I won't. We have known that the makeup of the legislature these past several years would mean that reproductive health care would constantly be under attack. Anti-abortion bills would sail through with little to no questions or debate. In the past, it was extremely defeating to hear legislators completely disregard why people need access to safe, legal abortion.

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Oklahoma Monitor - April 15

Oklahoma Monitor - April 15

Dear supporter,

There has been no new movement on the two abortion restrictions we’re tracking, SB 195 and SB 614, so these next few weeks will continue to be a test of patience. We are keeping a close watch on the House floor and House Rules Committee agendas, as well as talking with our allies and coalition partners. We will continue to be ready to act, and we’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more.

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Kansas Monitor - April 11

Kansas Monitor - April 11

Dear supporter,

As you know, we’ve spent the past few months fighting HB 2274, the medication abortion “reversal” bill. Before session ended last week, the legislature managed to pass this bill in both chambers by sticking it in a Conference Committee Report (CCR SB 67) and moving it quickly to the floor. No warning. No hearings in the Senate. Just a last-minute attempt to pass legislation targeting women’s access to health care.

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Oklahoma Monitor - April 8

Oklahoma Monitor - April 8

Dear supporter,

With little to update from last week, I wanted to remind you of how we got here and what’s at stake for the remainder of session. 

After three years of no anti-abortion bills becoming law, this year’s legislative session has been different. Several bills were introduced that severely impacted Oklahomans' access to safe and legal abortion. There was some hope that bills that actually expanded sexual and reproductive health care would make their way through session, but unfortunately, they did not. 

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Arkansas Monitor - March 26

Arkansas Monitor - March 26

Dear supporter,

This is the worst attack we’ve seen all session.

So far this year, we’ve gone to bat against a total ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly. We fought a bill banning abortion after 18 weeks. We spoke out against legislation that forces physicians to tell their patients to search the internet for an untested medical procedure, so-called abortion "reversal."

Despite our best efforts, all of those bills have become law. And, unfortunately, the hits keep on coming.

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