Oklahoma Monitor - April 29

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Dear supporter,

With the end of legislative session growing near, our team is gearing up for some of our most exciting volunteer programs. Our supporters and volunteers –– yes, that includes you –– are the lifeblood of the work we do. From making phone calls to talking with patients about the work of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes to helping table at Pride festivals across the state, summer is our busiest volunteer season.

Here are just a few of the ways you can become a superstar volunteer this summer:

  • Join our bi-monthly phone banking team. Our phone banks cover a wide range of topics and include calling new supporters and old friends to help keep our records up to date. These phone banks are essential to helping grow our supporter numbers –– we’re close to 50,000 people in Oklahoma who support Planned Parenthood!

  • Want to talk with patients at our health center about the work of Planned Parenthood outside of the exam room? Sign up for our Health Center Advocacy team, and you’ll have the opportunity to educate, empower, and engage patients and visitors of Planned Parenthood health centers to become advocates for their own health care needs. We’ll be holding initial trainings in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and online in May and June.

  • Are you a college student in Oklahoma? We’re joining the youth movement of more than 350 campus groups across the country. Planned Parenthood Generation Action is harnessing the power, energy, and enthusiasm of young people to fight for reproductive freedom and for fundamental justice for all. Join a Gen Action team! Sign up here

  • Love Planned Parenthood and want to help represent us in the community? Our events team and table captains program is perfect for you. These volunteers work closely with our organizers and are highly trained to be our face in the community. If you're interested in becoming a table captain, please reach out to Anna Facci (anna.facci@ppgreatplains.org) or Annie Norman (annie.norman@ppgreatplains.org) directly.

Session isn’t quite over just yet. Last week, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed SB 614, the so-called abortion "reversal" bill. In signing the bill, Stitt ignored calls and messages from repro rights supporters and the medical community, including our President and CEO Brandon Hill, who wrote, in a letter to the governor: “To mandate that doctors recommend to their patients an unproven, quasiexperimental course of drug treatment goes against medical ethics and guiding principles for care.” The law will take effect Nov. 1.

We will continue to monitor the legislature until the session officially adjourns.

Thank you for your continued support!

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See you in the field,

Anna Facci
Oklahoma Organizer
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes


News

What's Behind the New Wave of Six-Week Abortion Bans, Vice

“Since many women don’t know they’re pregnant at the six-week mark, these bans — which conservative lawmakers call 'fetal heartbeat' bills, since they seek to ban abortion at the first detection of a supposed fetal heartbeat — amount to total bans on abortion. Just years ago, such legislation was relatively uncommon, introduced by only the most fringe members of the Republican Party. But now, emboldened by the Trump presidency and a newly conservative-leaning Supreme Court, six-week bans have become a more widely adopted strategy for undermining and, anti-choice advocates hope, ultimately overturningRoe v. Wade.”

Democrats Are Falling Into a Political Trap on Abortion, Medium

“At a Fox News town hall last week, moderator Martha MacCallum asked Bernie Sanders, 'With regard to abortion, do you believe that a woman should be able to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment of birth?' Sanders hedged in his response. 'It happens very, very rarely,' he said, 'and I think that it is being made into a political issue.' A chorus of boos rose from the audience. The next day, National Review declared, 'Bernie Sanders Backs Unrestricted Abortion Until Birth.' The most important part of Sanders’ response  —  the one that handed victory to the anti-choicers  —  were the words 'it happens.' Because it doesn’t.”

What's Changed Inside and Outside Abortion Clinics Over 30 Years, PBS

“In 1983, a decade after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Roe v. Wade, FRONTLINE went inside an abortion clinic on the outskirts of Chester, Pennsylvania. InAbortion Clinic, director Mark Obenhaus focused on the experiences of young women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, speaking to people working in the clinic and the protesters calling for its closure. At the time when Abortion Clinic was released, lawmakers and the public were grappling with the film’s central issue. Almost four decades later, as the U.S. remains bitterly divided on abortion, Obenhaus returns to Pennsylvania with co-producer Elizabeth Leiter to see what has changed. Like its predecessor, FRONTLINE’s latest documentary, The Abortion Divide, paints a portrait of the complicated, personal issues surrounding abortion.”


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