Oklahoma Monitor - April 22

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Dear supporter,

Last week, the so-called medication abortion "reversal" bill passed out of the House and is now headed to the governor's desk. Send a message to Governor Stitt now telling him to veto this bill.

I could describe how disappointed we are with this vote, but I won't. We have known that the makeup of the legislature these past several years would mean that reproductive health care would constantly be under attack. Anti-abortion bills would sail through with little to no questions or debate. In the past, it was extremely defeating to hear legislators completely disregard why people need access to safe, legal abortion.

This was not the case last week. Our champions showed up and showed out for reproductive rights. Fourteen members asked questions of the author of SB 614, exposing the outright lies being told about the possibility of "reversing" an abortion. Our champions highlighted the importance of trusting Oklahomans to make health care decisions that are best for them. Even though the bill ultimately passed 74-24, we are proud to have such vocal champions of reproductive health care who are willing to stand up and defend Oklahomans’ right to safe, legal abortion. 

Rep. Provenzano (D-71) made a particularly strong argument, saying, "I struggle with using Oklahoma women as testing grounds for this procedure by intentionally presenting it as certified, tested medical fact." Watch the entirety of her powerful debate.

We know that there is still work to do, and we hope that you share in our vision for sexual and reproductive health care advocacy. Please consider giving to our advocacy work to ensure that we continue to build power under the dome.

Session is almost over, and we will continue to be here to protect your reproductive rights.

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In solidarity,

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


News

'Abortion reversal' bill passes Oklahoma House, headed to governor, Tulsa World

"An abortion bill opponents say will require doctors to lie to their patients but that supporters believe will save lives cleared the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday and is headed to Gov. Kevin Stitt's desk... Opponents, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, say there is no scientific proof that the reversal protocol works."

Code Names and Secret Lives: How a Radical Underground Network Helped Women Get Abortions Before They Were Legal, Vanity Fair

“Down the hall, in the quiet apartment Pildes had just left, Martha Scott, a 30-year-old mother of four, was preparing for a procedure when she heard the doorbell ring. Moments later, five Chicago homicide detectives were barging into a living room full of startled, wide-eyed women. [...] It turned out the police didn’t know exactly who Pildes and the other women were. Acting on a tip, they had expected to find a male doctor operating an illegal abortion clinic. Instead, they found women in surgical gloves.”

Abortion Doesn't Harm Women. Banning Abortion Harms Women, Rewire

“As Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion witnesses gathered for a U.S. Senate hearing last week to discuss banning abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, phrases like 'advocating for women' rolled effortlessly off their tongues. This was par for the course for Republicans in Congress—who, fueled by the Trump administration’s false talk, are pushing the narrative that abortion harms women. In reality, banning abortion is what harms women.”


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