Oklahoma Monitor - March 25

Oklahoma Monitor - March 25

Dear supporter,

Things were relatively slow last week with legislative spring break, but there are a few updates that I want to pass on.

As you may remember, SB 195 passed out of the Senate on March 14 and is no longer a so-called "trigger ban," banning abortion in Oklahoma if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Instead, SB 195 is now a more extreme attempt at banning abortion in the form of a state constitutional amendment ballot measure. We're waiting to see if this bill will be assigned to and heard in a House committee.

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Kansas Monitor - March 25

Kansas Monitor - March 25

Dear supporter,

Last week, after an extraordinary, bipartisan effort, the Kansas House passed Medicaid expansion 69-54. This is a huge step towards ensuring that 130,000 Kansans get access to the health care they need and deserve.

An amendment was added to the bill forbidding Medicaid funds for abortion services. The federal Hyde Amendment already forbids taxpayer funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to a woman's life. The ability to access safe, legal abortion should not depend on how much money someone makes or where they live. This amendment is a direct attack on women with low incomes in Kansas and their ability to access health care.

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Oklahoma Monitor - March 18

Oklahoma Monitor - March 18

Dear supporter,

We are halfway through session. Bills had to be heard last week in order to continue, so we now know which bills we'll be fighting until the end of session. The good news first — your emails and calls worked. Two bills that would severely restrict access to safe and legal abortion were not heard on the floor and are done for this session.

Unfortunately, through last minute tactics, Sen. Greg Treat gutted the language of SB 195 and inserted even more damaging language. SB 195 initially aimed to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned. Now, the bill proposes that Oklahomans vote on whether to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to include language that prohibits the right to an abortion.

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Arkansas Monitor - March 11

Arkansas Monitor - March 11

Dear supporter,

It's going to be an interesting week in the Arkansas General Assembly.

Today, the Senate is likely to consider a bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks. On Thursday, the House Public Health Committee will consider the medication abortion "reversal" misinformation bill. This is dangerous legislation that would force physicians to tell patients to "search...on the internet" a procedure that leading medical organizations reject.

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Oklahoma Monitor - March 11

Oklahoma Monitor - March 11

Dear supporter,

As an important deadline approaches on Thursday that requires all bills to be heard on the floor in each chamber, lawmakers will decide if restricting access to safe and legal abortion is more important than expanding health care to Oklahomans. Currently, there are four bills that will restrict access to abortion still progressing through the legislature. All of these bills are harmful and do nothing to protect women’s health care. We have talked to many legislators about the problems with all of these bills. Many have been very open to hearing those concerns.

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Arkansas Monitor - March 5

Arkansas Monitor - March 5

Dear supporter,

They're trying to do it in secret because they know what they're doing is wrong.

Last Wednesday, the Senate Public Health Committee called a surprise meeting in the afternoon. With barely a quorum and few people in the room, Sen. Irvin passed SB 341, her medication abortion "reversal" misinformation bill. There is no scientific or medical evidence that proves that reversing a medication abortion is possible or even safe for women. Regardless, Sen. Irvin's bill was placed on the Senate calendar late the next day and considered at an especially early session of the Senate. There were less than 18 hours between its hearing in committee and passing the Senate.

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Oklahoma Monitor - March 5

Oklahoma Monitor - March 5

Dear supporter,

Last week, our supporters showed up to the Capitol not once, but twice, to push back against harmful anti-abortion bills. On Monday, our supporters joined together to bear witness to the Senate Health and Human Services committee meeting, which passed two harmful bills. Unfortunately, SB 195, which bans abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and SB 614, which requires doctors to provide patients misinformation about an untested treatment called abortion pill "reversal," both passed the committee. They will now be considered by the full Senate.

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Kansas Monitor - March 1

Kansas Monitor - March 1

Dear supporter,

Last week, the House Health and Human Services Committee had a hearing on House Bill 2274, which would require physicians to provide patients with information about a dubious and experimental protocol called medication abortion “reversal.”

Medication abortion “reversal” is unproven, untested, and could put women’s health at risk. The committee was under a tight timeline to work the bill and move it to the House floor. They missed their deadline, but the bill has been “blessed” by House leadership, meaning they could work the bill at any point this session. A companion bill introduced in the Senate has also been “blessed.”

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Oklahoma Monitor - Feb. 25

Oklahoma Monitor - Feb. 25

Dear supporter,

Just now, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 195. This is a harmful bill that would ban access to virtually all safe, legal abortion in Oklahoma. It would endanger women's health by interfering with a doctor's ability to treat a pregnant patient who is suffering a medical condition, even if it is not related to her pregnancy. SB 195 heads to the Senate floor next, and we need you to take action. 

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Kansas Monitor - Feb. 19

Kansas Monitor - Feb. 19

Dear supporter,

The Kansas legislative session is picking up — that means more bills targeting reproductive health and rights.

Last week, the Senate debated and passed SCR 1606, a resolution condemning New York’s Reproductive Health Act. The New York law was a huge victory for reproductive rights, removing abortion from the state’s criminal code and adding state-level protections for New Yorkers who need access to safe, legal abortion. With so much uncertainty about the future of Roe v. Wade, this is a trend we can expect to continue in more progressive states.

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Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 18

Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 18

Dear supporter,

On Thursday, the Arkansas legislature voted to ban virtually all abortions if Roe is overturned — with no exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly. 

In addition to this attack on abortion rights, three new bills were filed to restrict women's access to abortion. We're losing under the dome, and things aren't going to get better any time soon without the voices of supporters like you. Our team is working hard on pushing back against more than half a dozen anti-choice bills, but we need your help if we're going to make a serious impact.

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Oklahoma Monitor - Feb. 18

Oklahoma Monitor - Feb. 18

Dear supporter,

The Oklahoma Legislature wasted no time diving into policy last week. A bill passed the House floor that would allow Oklahomans to lawfully carry a gun without a permit, and a bill passed out of a committee that would modernize the HIV education curriculum in schools.

Late Friday, two harmful anti-abortion bills were placed on the agenda for the House Public Health Committee. HB 1182 aims to punish doctors for providing safe, legal abortion by threatening to revoke their medical licenses, and HB 1396 prohibits women from ending their pregnancies once the sex of the fetus has been determined, even if their health is at risk.

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Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 11

Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 11

Dear supporter,

We lost the first battle, but we haven't lost the war.

The trouble started on Wednesday during committee consideration of SB 149, Sen. Jason Rapert's bill to completely ban abortion in the event that Roe is overturned. As the meeting progressed, it became clear that none of the men in the room had any idea how basic contraception works. Despite expressing their concerns and one senator admitting he was violating a campaign pledge by supporting legislation to ban abortion even in the case of rape and incest, the bill passed unanimously on a voice vote.

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Oklahoma Monitor - Feb. 11

Oklahoma Monitor - Feb. 11

Dear supporter,

Session started last week, and I can’t lie — it is going to be tough. The Oklahoma Legislature has announced its priorities, and unfortunately, expanding access to health care is not one of them. Over 2,000 bills were introduced this session, and 13 restrict access to safe legal abortion. These bills range from requiring doctors to give misinformation about abortion reversal to patients; to revoking doctors’ licenses if they perform an abortion; to banning abortion outright and charging women who access abortion with first degree murder.

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Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 4

Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 4

Dear supporter,

I'll be honest with you, I didn't see it coming.

When I sat down Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Public Health, I expected the all-Republican committee to forward SB 3 (unnecessary reporting requirements for abortion providers) to the full Senate. You can watch the recorded hearing online.

Then, something happened. One senator asked about the fiscal impacts of the bill...and then another. Then, a group of medical students presented a letter signed by more than fifty of their classmates opposing the proposed legislation.

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Kansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Kansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Dear supporter,

Today, anti-abortion politicians introduced a constitutional amendment that would effectively outlaw abortion in Kansas if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

This bill has 21 sponsors, and guess what? They’re all men.

With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we know that the future of reproductive rights is in jeopardy. Politicians who wish to end access to safe, legal abortion know that Roe is on the line — so they’re launching an extreme attack.

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Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Dear supporter,

I'll be frank with you: abortion access is under fire at the state capitol.

This week, Sen. Jason Rapert (Conway) filed legislation that would make abortion a felony punishable by ten years in prison if Roe v. Wade is overturned. It's just another in a long series of anti-choice, anti-woman bills we can expect to see this legislative session. Between this bill and the continuing debate about SB 2 and SB 3, it's clear that the legislature has their targets set on making women's health care less accessible.

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Kansas Monitor - Jan. 23

Kansas Monitor - Jan. 23

Dear supporter,

This week, we celebrated the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. With this monumental decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, countless women gained access to safe, legal abortion. But that hasn’t stopped politicians from attacking a woman’s basic right to make her own health care decisions without government interference.

It is more important than ever to fight for policies that protect access to abortion. With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, and the Trump-Pence administration continuing to attack access to care, states are a critical backstop to the further erosion of Roe.

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Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 21

Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 21

Dear supporter,

First, let me introduce myself. I’m Gloria, the Arkansas lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes. I was raised in Jacksonville, AR as the second of three children. I earned my undergraduate degree in social justice and political science at Lyon College and a master’s in social justice and human rights from Prescott College.

I am so excited to be working for an organization I love and using my passion for social justice to advocate on behalf of health care access for the people of Arkansas. I look forward to bringing you this weekly update, an insider’s view of the legislature, how its work will affect Planned Parenthood’s mission, and what you can do about it.

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