Oklahoma Monitor - May 23

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Dear supporter,

Today, the Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up all of their business and adjourned for the year. Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time this session to contact your legislator by phone, email, or in person at one of our lobby days. Together, we sent more than 5,000 messages to our legislators asking them to protect reproductive health and rights.

While not every vote went the way we wanted this session, we had many wins. We stopped dangerous legislation that would have criminalized doctors and banned abortion, and we saw more legislators than ever acting as our champions in the House and Senate, pushing back against dangerous bills that threatened access to safe, legal abortion.

Session may be over, but we're still hard at work to protect and expand reproductive rights across Oklahoma. Join us by attending one of our upcoming volunteer events or hosting a meeting with your legislator in your home district.

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In solidarity,

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


News

Budget has $2M for anti-abortion pregnancy centers, The Oklahoman

“This would be the first time the state has funded such grants since the Oklahoma Legislature made the grants possible when it passed the Choosing Childbirth Act in 2017. In order to be eligible for grant funding, an entity must be a nonprofit that counsels pregnant women with accurate information on the development of unborn children. Per the 2017 act, the nonprofit cannot counsel women to have a non-medically necessary abortion nor can it refer a woman for such an abortion.”

Powerful Scenes as Thousands Across the Country Protest Extreme Abortion Laws, Mother Jones

“#StopTheBans comes after eight states passed draconian measures aimed at challenging Roe v. Wade.... The demonstrations Tuesday [started] around noon local time, with at least 500 events scheduled at statehouses and courthouses around the country. More than 50 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, are behind the national day of protest.”

Planned Parenthood Head Says Abortion is Still Legal Despite Restrictive Laws, The Wall Street Journal

“'Patients are deeply worried,' said Leana Wen, speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival on Monday. She said some women were afraid of attending appointments and others had tried to move them up. 'They are worried that abortion is already illegal and they have to take measures into their own hands,' added Dr. Wen, a doctor who became president of the organization in November.'“


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