The Oklahoma Legislature wasted no time diving into policy last week. A bill passed the House floor that would allow Oklahomans to lawfully carry a gun without a permit, and a bill passed out of a committee that would modernize the HIV education curriculum in schools.
Late Friday, two harmful anti-abortion bills were placed on the agenda for the House Public Health Committee. HB 1182 aims to punish doctors for providing safe, legal abortion by threatening to revoke their medical licenses, and HB 1396 prohibits women from ending their pregnancies once the sex of the fetus has been determined, even if their health is at risk.
Last week, we were excited to sponsor the Oklahoma Black Caucus lunch. This gave us an opportunity to discuss our legislative priorities and the anti-abortion bills that have been introduced so far. We encouraged members to continue to speak up for Planned Parenthood as they have in the past. We also joined our coalition partner Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice for the annual Pink Love press conference, an opportunity to talk about bills that we love and to deliver valentines to legislators about those bills.
Since we have one of the largest new classes of legislators this year, I continue to meet with new legislators and share information about Planned Parenthood. While I have been greeted with more smiles than eye rolls, I know that the legislators want to hear from you, their constituents.
We are only getting started. Stay tuned for more updates.
Regional Director of Public Policy & Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes
Oklahoma lawmakers need to talk about sex, Tulsa World
“Oklahoma has leaned on abstinence-based programs for far too long, and it hasn't worked. The state is No. 3 in teen births, and newly diagnoesd HIV cases are mostly among 20- to 39-year-olds. Last year, officials reported Oklahoma was part of an 'alarming increase' of national outbreaks of sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.”
VIDEO: Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! talks with Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen about the Supreme Court blocking a Louisiana abortion law, Trump’s false and misleading statements on abortion at the State of the Union, and her experience growing up in the United States as immigrant who came here seeking political asylum.
Save the date for these upcoming events.
OKC: Feb. 22 — Freedom Oklahoma's 7th Annual LGBTQ College Summit (Rose State College)
State Capitol: Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Oklahoma Lobby Day
Tulsa: Feb. 28 — Take Control Initiative & Poetic Justice In Celebration of Me: From Stigma to Celebration (TCC Metro Campus)
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