Oklahoma Monitor - May 13

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Dear supporter,

While legislative session winds down, we are already thinking about next year. The work does not stop just because the legislature is no longer meeting. We will be working to ensure that the Oklahoma Legislature prioritizes access to health care next year by expanding Medicaid, repealing all anti-abortion restrictions on the books, and passing a comprehensive Reproductive Health Care Act.

This summer, we will meet with policy makers across the state to discuss the importance of the reproductive health care that Planned Parenthood provides. But we need your help. Legislators don't just want to hear from us — they want to hear from their constituents. Let us know if you are interested in partnering with us to host an in-district meeting.

We would also love to hear your ideas about future legislation that you think would move Oklahoma forward.

We will be in touch again soon about more ways for you to get involved with Planned Parenthood this summer. 

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In solidarity,

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


News

Blame politicians, not the court, The Oklahoman

"A recent example of outrageously insensitive, unethical and unconstitutional behavior by our Legislature is Senate Bill 614, endorsed by the governor, forcing medical professionals to inform patients undergoing medical abortion that it can be 'reversed' by certain medications. Not only is there no medical evidence for such a 'reversal' claim — forcing physicians to outright lie to their patients is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath."

Dangerous new trend in extreme abortion restrictions, Tulsa World

"State politicians are pushing an aggressive anti-abortion agenda that seeks to do one thing — ban abortion outright. It is clear anti-abortion politicians, emboldened by the Trump administration and the recent US Supreme Court appointment of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will say and do anything to put safe, legal abortion out of reach. In 2019 legislative sessions across the country, anti-abortion politicians have introduced over 250 bills restricting abortion in 41 states."

The Terrifying Rise of the 6-week Abortion Ban, The Cut

"None of these laws have actually been enacted — they either haven't taken effect yet or have been blocked from taking effect by a judge, meaning that abortion after six weeks is still legal in all six states. Still, they post a legitimate threat: They are part of a larger effort to eventually overturn Roe at the level of the Supreme Court, and a growing push against women's reproductive rights in the United States."


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