Session started last week, and I can’t lie — it is going to be tough. The Oklahoma Legislature has announced its priorities, and unfortunately, expanding access to health care is not one of them. Over 2,000 bills were introduced this session, and 13 restrict access to safe legal abortion. These bills range from requiring doctors to give misinformation about abortion reversal to patients; to revoking doctors’ licenses if they perform an abortion; to banning abortion outright and charging women who access abortion with first degree murder.
Also, Gov. Stitt showed his cards when he announced at the annual anti-choice rally that he will happily sign all legislation that restricts access to safe and legal abortion. This is unacceptable! Many of the introduced bills restricting access are unnecessary, unconstitutional, and harmful.
Each of us deserves the opportunity to control our lives at the most basic level: our bodies, our families, and our life’s path, including whether and when to become a parent.
We can make a difference this session. I hope you’re with me.
Regional Director of Public Policy & Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes
“The vast majority of abortions occur in the first trimester, prior to 12 weeks, and about one in four American women will have an abortion in her lifetime.... A procedural abortion is a safe, quick in-office procedure with a less than one percent complication rate.”
Supreme Court on 5-to-4 vote blocks restrictive Louisiana Abortion law, The Washington Post
“Chief Justice John G. Roberts joined with the Supreme Court's liberals Thursday night to block a Louisiana law that opponents say would close most of the state's abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure.... Hospitalization after abortion is rare, all sides agree, and the lack of admitting privileges by the doctor who performed the procedure is not a bar to the woman getting needed medical care.”
“Dubious legality doesn't appear to concern many Oklahoma lawmakers. Currently, the state is in court over several abortion restrictions it has passed in recent years — including one that seeks to ban the most common method of later-term abortion...and one that has replaced the state's 24-hour waiting period with a 72-hour 'reflection' period, the longest waiting time required by any state.”
Save the date for these upcoming events.
Tuesday, February 12 — Oklahoma City City Council Elections
Thursday, February 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice Pink Love Lobby Day
Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Oklahoma Lobby Day
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