On February 5, 2018 the Oklahoma Legislature began the 2nd session of the 56th Legislature.
Even with an important election season ahead, it is not anticipated that reproductive health access will be attacked as in years prior. Bills include abortion restrictions, paid family leave, updating HIV education curriculum in secondary schools and pay equity. Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes will also closely monitor the several bills around work requirements for Oklahomans on Medicaid.
The three proactive bills we be closely monitoring include:
the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their reproductive health choices
repealing a law that currently prohibits health insurances from covering elective abortions and,
- a bill that would restrict the use of restraints during labor and delivery
Access to Abortion
Oklahoma ranks second in the United States for the amount of anti-abortion legislation that has been passed since Roe V. Wade. The state legislature is working hard to keep it's dismal status during the 2017 legislative session.
Representative Justin Humphrey made national and international news with his bill HB1441 that would require written permission from a spouse in order for a woman to have an abortion. While talking about his bill, he called women, "hosts" for fetuses.
Keep reading and learn more about what you can do to stop these anti-choice bills.
Updates from the Capitol
Wall of Shame
Genetic Disorder Abortion Ban
HB1549 would attempt to restrict abortion if the fetus has a genetic disorder.
The Oklahoma House believes it has the right to tell women and families how to live their lives and we at Planned Parenthood think that's wrong. We know that only individual Oklahomans can make these complex decisions for themselves. Tell the members of the Oklahoma House to do the job they were entrusted to do and STOP PLAYING DOCTOR.
Bathroom Sign Bill
SB30 requires abortion facilities to place signs in the bathrooms. This bill is an example of how extremists in the Oklahoma state legislature waste taxpayer time and money to further their agenda.
Partner Permission for Abortion
HB1441 requires a pregnant woman to get written permission from her partner in order to have an abortion.
When Justin Humphrey received international backlash for calling a pregnant woman a 'host', he doubled down and stood by his words.
Call your Oklahoma representative and tell them that this is not okay.
HB1703 will allow the Oklahoma State Department of Health to grant taxpayer dollars to any nonprofit organization that encourages childbirth while discouraging abortion. It unfairly prohibits those nonprofit organizations to inform pregnant Oklahomans about any options regarding an safe, legal abortion.