Last week, our supporters showed up to the Capitol not once, but twice, to push back against harmful anti-abortion bills. On Monday, our supporters joined together to bear witness to the Senate Health and Human Services committee meeting, which passed two harmful bills. Unfortunately, SB 195, which bans abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and SB 614, which requires doctors to provide patients misinformation about an untested treatment called abortion pill "reversal," both passed the committee. They will now be considered by the full Senate.
Despite the frustrating way that many legislators spoke about access to basic health care this week, we did have some bright spots.
We had a successful Lobby Day on Wednesday. Over 30 of our supporters gathered at the State Capitol to share their personal stories about reproductive health access with their elected officials. Our supporters had conversations with representatives and senators, including those who support access to safe, legal abortion and those who are trying to ban abortion. Though not everyone agreed at the end of those conversations, we were grateful for the opportunities to share our experiences and talk about why it’s important to protect access to reproductive health care.
Finally, I want to thank the hundreds of you who are stepping up each week to reach out to your elected officials. Last week, over 175 people participated in our virtual Lobby Day, and an additional 60 people took action on SB 195. Thank you for raising your voices against these dangerous policies.
With the committee deadline behind us, we are now facing major fights in the full House of Representatives and the full Senate. More updates soon.
Regional Director of Public Policy & Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes
"'Abortion in Oklahoma is already pretty difficult to obtain, and we are already at the top of the list with abortion restrictions,' said Katie Knutter, director of advocacy for Trust Women, an abortion provider in Oklahoma. 'Abortion care is health care and it’s a necessary part of women’s health care.'"
Oklahomans clash over abortion bill, KTUL Channel 8 Tulsa
"'We believe that [SB 195] would be devastating to women's healthcare,' said Tamya Cox-Toure, Planned Parenthood's director of public policy. 'We're going to push back as much as possible to make sure abortions stay safe and legal in Oklahoma,' said Cox-Toure."
"'This legislation is based on lies and a misinformation campaign, aimed at shaming women and criminalizing doctors for a practice that doesn't exist in medicine or reality,' Planned Parenthood Federation of America President, Leana Wen, wrote in an email to CBS News."
"A Honduran woman detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Port Isabel Detention Center — which has a history of problems with medical care — was 27 weeks pregnant, despite ICE’s policy is that it would not detain pregnant people who are in their third trimester 'absent extraordinary circumstances.' [...] And while the Honduran detainee was experiencing the loss of her baby, whose death in custody was not recorded as such by the United States government, Republicans on Capitol Hill were unsuccessfully pushing the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act."
Save the date for these upcoming events.
Tulsa - International Women’s Fashion Show, Bernsen Community Life Center - Friday, March 8
OKC - Save the Date! Planned Parenthood Great Plains - Women’s Health Day at the Capitol - Tuesday, April 23
OKC - “Unpacking White Feminism with Rachel Cargle” - Women Lead Oklahoma at Oklahoma Contemporary - Saturday, May 18
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