Oklahoma Monitor - March 25

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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.

SB 614, which would require doctors to give false and misleading information to medication abortion patients, has been assigned to the House Public Health Committee and is on the agenda tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26.

We know that when it comes to fighting anti-abortion legislation, some of the most powerful tools we have are our passion and lived experiences. We must raise our voices, be bold, and act together in order to defeat these dangerous attacks.

Will you share your personal story of accessing reproductive health care, what that meant to you, and the positive impact that reproductive rights have had in your life?

We will keep fighting for the rights of Oklahomans to access health care today, tomorrow, and the next day. Stay tuned, and thank you for your continued support.

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In solidarity,

Annie Norman
Oklahoma Organizer
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes


News

Fifteen bills StateImpact is Watching in the 2019 Oklahoma Legislature, KOSU

"After facing criticism by anti abortion groups, Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat threw out the so-called 'trigger' language in Senate Bill 195... Instead, the new language passed March 14 in the state Senate goes further, and asks voters to add a constitutional amendment explicitly stating that receiving or performing an abortion is not protected by the Oklahoma constitution. The proposal was backed by nearly all Senate Republicans."

What Happens When Lawmakers Run Out of Abortion Restrictions to Pass, New York Times

"Given that these bills are so unambiguously unconstitutional, they might seem pointless. But their purpose is clear: to show the anti-abortion voting bloc that conservative lawmakers are willing to do anything — including waging expensive and most likely fruitless legal battles — to keep women from exercising their right to abortion."


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