Oklahoma Monitor - July 3

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Dear supporter,

The past few weeks we’ve been celebrating the strength and activism of LGBTQ people at Pride events across our affiliate. In the face of relentless attempts to undo progress and attack LGBTQ people’s health, rights, and lives, we are reaffirming our commitment to building a world where no one experiences discrimination or violence because of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Oklahoma City Pride Parade Photo courtesy of Nick Marek

Oklahoma City Pride Parade
Photo courtesy of Nick Marek

We believe that LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights are inextricably linked, and we must recognize that attacks on reproductive health and rights are an attack on all of us. 

We’re currently in a state of emergency for access to reproductive health care in our country. As always, anti-abortion politicians and state “leaders” seem to be doing everything they can to cut off access to care in our state, including safe and legal abortion.

This disaster is years in the making, and we can’t ignore the detrimental harm it’s doing to people in our state any longer: increasing maternal mortality rates, skyrocketing STD rates, and creating even more barriers to basic health care.

Will you make a commitment to support our advocacy work and protect the range of services that Planned Parenthood provides to patients?

  1. Attend one (or more!) of our events below.

  2. Volunteer with us.

  3. Share your story about why Planned Parenthood matters to you.

  4. Make a donation.

One of the big ways you can get involved this month is through our Health Center Advocacy Program (HCAP), where we engage with patients in our health center to connect them to our advocacy work. HCAP volunteer shifts are during health center hours Monday through Friday (and Saturdays in OKC) at our locations in Edmond, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. Get started by attending a one-hour HCAP Volunteer Training! Our next one is Tuesday, July 30, from 6-7 p.m. The training is online, so you can attend from anywhere you have internet access! 


In solidarity,

Annie N. Norman
Oklahoma Organizer
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes


St. Louis Planned Parenthood defiant as central Missouri still reels over abortion access, USA Today

“Planned Parenthood of St. Louis told USA TODAY on Thursday that it will no longer comply with a state requirement that physicians perform two pelvic exams on patients getting surgical abortions. Colleen McNicholas, an OB-GYN for Planned Parenthood St. Louis, called it 'deeply traumatizing and inhumane' for patients.”

Abortion Bans Are Tools of Misogyny and Oppression, Says Planned Parenthood President, Vice

“Those who are most affected by any restrictions on healthcare are those who are already the most vulnerable. It’s those who already face the greatest share and burden of disparities and health inequities. That’s people of color, individuals with low income, LGBTQ people, and people who live in more geographically isolated areas. The effects of these policies will be worsening these already existing disparities. I think it also needs to be said that right now in this country, so many people already live in a post-Roe world.”

State asks St. Louis judge to rescind order in abortion clinic’s license fight, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“'We’re reviewing the state’s latest political attempt to shut down the last legal abortion provider in Missouri,' Jesse Lawder, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, said in a statement Thursday. 'From the start, Gov. Parson and DHSS Director Randall Williams have attempted to advance a political agenda, weaponizing the inspection process, and we have no reason to believe this is any different.' DHSS’ court filing Thursday is the latest response in Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit aimed at keeping Missouri from becoming the first U.S. state without an abortion clinic since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 established a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.”

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