Oklahoma Monitor - March 18

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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.

Yep, you read that correctly! The Oklahoma Legislature is trying to limit the rights of Oklahomans guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. We cannot let that happen. Call your representative today and urge them to vote NO on SB 195.

We will continue to fight to expand access to health care in Oklahoma. I hope you are with us.

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In solidarity,

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


News

Senate passes measure to put abortion state question on the ballot, Tulsa World

"'I am extremely disappointed we are spending time on a speculative and polarizing bill when we could be working on policies that help the health of Oklahomans,' said Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City. She said she would support bills that trust the training of doctors and allow Oklahomans to control their bodies and lives."

Pregnant people deserve trust in their decisions, NonDoc

"'Standing up for bodily autonomy is not extreme. Rather, it is imperative to liberty, freedom and dignity for all people who experience pregnancy. Year after year Oklahoma chips away a little more at one of a person’s most basic freedoms: choice. As such, those discussing the topic should think twice before labeling abortion advocates as 'extreme' when we stand up for the core of our autonomy.'"

The FDA is Going After Mail-order Abortion Medication, Jezebel

"In October 2018, Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the abortion-by-mail service Women on Web, confirmed she had branched out to the United States. Gomperts had long avoided doing so for fear that the anti-abortion movement would go after her work, but said that the need for the service was ultimately too great. 'I got an email from a woman who was living in a car with two kids,' she told the Atlantic. 'Something had to be done.'"

Senators Introduce Legislation to Finally Repeal the Hyde Amendment and End Wide-Ranging Federal Abortion-Funding Ban, Vogue

"'The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed women’s constitutional right to make their own reproductive decisions, and it didn’t say ‘only wealthy women’ or ‘only women with insurance,’ Duckworth, a decorated Iraq War veteran and new mom, told Vogue. 'Whatever you think about the Supreme Court’s ruling, we should all agree that what’s legal for a wealthy American shouldn’t be illegal or inaccessible for a poor American or a person of color—and that’s what this bill is about: fairness, equality, and equal opportunity.'"


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