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:
SB 195 would change the state constitution to add that there is not a right to an abortion in Oklahoma. If approved, our constitution would actually provide fewer rights than those guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. SB 195 is currently waiting to be heard in the House Rules Committee. Tell the committee that all of us deserve the opportunity to control our lives at the most basic level.
SB 614 would require doctors to lie to patients and tell them that it is possible to "reverse" a medication abortion. Make no mistake, Planned Parenthood firmly believes that patients seeking health care deserve honest and accurate medical advice, not politically motivated misinformation. This bill passed out of committee last week and is now headed to the full House for a vote. One bright spot was the debate from one of our champions, Represenative Collin Walke (D-Oklahoma City). Watch his impassioned debate pleading with the Judiciary Committee to trust medical experts.
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!
Regional Director of Public Policy & Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes
“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.”
“'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.'“
“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.”
OKC - Cocktails for a Cause - Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes - Tuesday, April 16
Tulsa - Cocktails for a Cause - Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes - Wednesday, April 17
OKC - Unpacking White Feminism with Rachel Cargle - Women Lead Oklahoma at Oklahoma Contemporary - Saturday, May 18
Tulsa - Empowering Indigenous Allies - Martin Regional Library - Saturday, May 18
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