Oklahoma Monitor - April 2

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Dear supporter,

We are more than halfway through session, and I wanted to give you a quick update on what we're tracking. Here are two bills that will create major barriers to abortion access if they become law:

I know we have asked a lot of you this session, and we are so thankful for your support. Legislators need to continue to hear from you!

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In solidarity,

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


News

Oklahoma Bill Would Force Doctors to Lie to Patients by Telling Them That Abortions Can Be Reversed, The Intercept

“Research reveals that women have very high confidence in their decision-making when it comes to abortion, remain confident in their choice, and have less anxiety and depression than women who were initially denied abortion care and had to seek it elsewhere or carry the pregnancy to term.”

ACLU: State question an effort ‘to appease anti-abortion activists’ upset after GOP leaders buried abortion bill, Tulsa World

“'What we are seeing is a political effort by Republican leadership to appease anti-abortion activists within the Republican base,' said Kiesel, an attorney and former House member. 'They are doing that because they upset those activists earlier this session when Republican leadership refused to hear a patently unconstitutional measure that would have outlawed all abortions in the state of Oklahoma. And in response to this anger of this small constituency, Republican leadership is now scrambling to try to come up with some political red meat they can throw to their base to prove their pro-life credentials.'“

Check out Dr. Leana Wen’s Interview with Trevor Noah on the Daily Show, Comedy Central

“Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen discusses her efforts to save lives through better health care and calls out President Trump's lies about abortion in the U.S.”

The First Time Women Shouted Their Abortions, The New York Times

“...12 women who talked about their abortions in front of 300 people at Washington Square Methodist Church on March 21, 1969, 50 years ago. The abortion speak-out — organized by the socialist-feminist group Redstockings — was, according to historians, very likely the first public forum where American women talked about ending their pregnancies. They did so in a raucous, emotionally charged gathering whose legacy looms over the abortion debate today: We still employ personal, sometimes painful stories to demystify abortion. It’s still not enough to simply invoke the right to control one’s own body.”


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