Oklahoma Monitor - Feb. 25

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Dear supporter,

Just now, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 195. This is a harmful bill that would ban access to virtually all safe, legal abortion in Oklahoma. It would endanger women's health by interfering with a doctor's ability to treat a pregnant patient who is suffering a medical condition, even if it is not related to her pregnancy. SB 195 heads to the Senate floor next, and we need you to take action. 

Your senator needs to hear from you right now — tell your senator to vote no on SB 195.

Last week, two extreme anti-abortion bills passed out of the House committee. Rep. Jim Olsen, author of HB 1182, completely dismissed the comprehensive health care doctors provide, and Rep. Tammy Townley mischaracterized the impact of HB 1396. Both bills are extreme and harmful to reproductive health care and interfere with the trusted patient-doctor relationship. Questions asked of the author of the bill revealed the hypocrisy of HB 1182. The bills will now move to a vote of the full House.

This Wednesday, supporters from across the state will visit the capitol to talk to their elected officials during the Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Oklahoma Lobby Day. Citizen lobbyists will share their personal stories about why they stand with Planned Parenthood and support access to sexual and reproductive health care. We are looking forward to it!

Lastly, I want to sincerely thank each person who emailed or called the public health committee last week urging them to vote no on HB 1182 and HB 1396. Over 200 supporters told committee members that these bills were dangerous to women’s health. Thank you for raising your voices against these dangerous policies. 

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In solidarity,

Tamya Cox-Toure
Regional Director of Public Policy & Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes


News

Under New Bill Physicians Performing Abortions In Oklahoma Could Have Licenses Suspended, KOSU

It’s already illegal in Oklahoma to perform an abortion for the purposes of sex selection, but House Bill 1396 takes current law further. It would require a pregnant woman to sign an affidavit swearing she doesn’t know the gender prior to the procedure. Under House Bill 1182, performing an abortion could cost a physician their license. The bill makes exceptions for medical emergencies that put the woman’s life in danger. There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest.

What It's Like to Be an Abortion Clinic Escort, Cosmopolitan

Reports of trespassing and harassment of clinic escorts have more than tripled since 2016, making clinic escorts more important than ever. Here, three of them tell their stories.


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