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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Oklahoma Monitor - March 25

Oklahoma Monitor - March 25

Dear supporter,

Things were relatively slow last week with legislative spring break, but there are a few updates that I want to pass on.

As you may remember, SB 195 passed out of the Senate on March 14 and is no longer a so-called "trigger ban," banning abortion in Oklahoma if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Instead, SB 195 is now a more extreme attempt at banning abortion in the form of a state constitutional amendment ballot measure. We're waiting to see if this bill will be assigned to and heard in a House committee.

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Kansas Monitor - March 25

Kansas Monitor - March 25

Dear supporter,

Last week, after an extraordinary, bipartisan effort, the Kansas House passed Medicaid expansion 69-54. This is a huge step towards ensuring that 130,000 Kansans get access to the health care they need and deserve.

An amendment was added to the bill forbidding Medicaid funds for abortion services. The federal Hyde Amendment already forbids taxpayer funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to a woman's life. The ability to access safe, legal abortion should not depend on how much money someone makes or where they live. This amendment is a direct attack on women with low incomes in Kansas and their ability to access health care.

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Oklahoma Monitor - March 18

Oklahoma Monitor - March 18

Dear supporter,

We are halfway through session. Bills had to be heard last week in order to continue, so we now know which bills we'll be fighting until the end of session. The good news first — your emails and calls worked. Two bills that would severely restrict access to safe and legal abortion were not heard on the floor and are done for this session.

Unfortunately, through last minute tactics, Sen. Greg Treat gutted the language of SB 195 and inserted even more damaging language. SB 195 initially aimed to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned. Now, the bill proposes that Oklahomans vote on whether to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to include language that prohibits the right to an abortion.

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Arkansas Monitor - March 11

Arkansas Monitor - March 11

Dear supporter,

It's going to be an interesting week in the Arkansas General Assembly.

Today, the Senate is likely to consider a bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks. On Thursday, the House Public Health Committee will consider the medication abortion "reversal" misinformation bill. This is dangerous legislation that would force physicians to tell patients to "search...on the internet" a procedure that leading medical organizations reject.

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