Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Take a pop quiz!

I was perusing the Guttmacher Institute website today like any good responsible Oklahoman should and came across their annual pop quiz on sexual and reproductive health developed by the Guttmacher researchers and policy people. Click here to test your knowledge. I only got five correct.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Oklahoma Teen Birth Rates on the Rise

Once again, the teen birth rate in Oklahoma is on the rise. According to the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, the number of births to Oklahoma teens increased from 7,320 teen births in 2006 to 7,616 teen births in 2007 to females under the age of 20.

Comprehensive sexuality education is desperately need in our schools. Abstinence only education is not enough. We need to give our adolescents the information to make responsible choices about their sexual health including information about contraception and prevention.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1st

As the international community marks World AIDS Day on December 1, 2008, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma calls for renewed attention to the importance of testing and prevention to stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections like HIV/AIDS.

“Today, we reflect on the wide-reaching impact of HIV/AIDS and call upon elected officials to face these challenges with commonsense solutions to protect women, men and teens around the world,” said Terry Dennison, Director of Education for PPCO. “Through a real investment in education and testing, we can begin to effectively prevent the spread of this disease.”

Special events in our area include:
The annual World AIDS Day Memorial Service will be held Monday, Dec. 1, at the Mayflower Congregational Church at 3901 N.W. 63rd Street in Oklahoma City. The event is sponsored by the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma and is supported by various community-based organizations including R.A.I.N., Red Rock North, Guiding Right, Inc. (G.R.I.), Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, Logan County Health Department, Other Options and AIDS Walk of OKC. The event starts at 7 p.m., is open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend.

On Monday, Dec. 1, Guiding Right, Inc., will be providing counseling and HIV testing at Langston University from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A Guiding Right, Inc. representative will also be presenting at a luncheon held on the same day.

The Health, Outreach, Prevention, Education (H.O.P.E., Inc.) in Tulsa is participating in a community-wide remembrance ceremony on December 1 at Unity Church of Christianity, 3355 S. Jamestown, Tulsa. The Tulsa AIDS Coalition sponsors the event and it will begin at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Finally a victory for Theresa Hernandez

After almost five years in jail for having a still birth, Theresa Hernandez has finally been released to a addiction treatment center and her sentence reduced today. Although there is no medical evidence to prove that meth use causes stillbirths, Theresa accepted a plea bargain last year for murder. She should have never been placed in jail.

It was long fight to get to this point, congratulations to the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Theresa's attorneys, the Oklahoma physicians who spoke so eloquently on her behalf and the many supporters who showed up to support Theresa today. Our thoughts are with you Theresa...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Free: Protect the Future of a Pro-Choice America

Crisis Pregnancy Centers...

If you're concerned about the possibility of being pregnant (unwanted or unplanned), you may want to stay away from Crisis Pregnancy Centers. The alternet had an interesting post you should read before you step into a CPC...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Here we go...

The anti abortion extremists have created their agenda, it's just a matter of time. Read this ARTICLE to get your blood boiling...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hard to be happy...

It's hard to be happy today when anti-choice legislators just took over both the Oklahoma Senate and House. This day...has become one long blur. There is nothing to stop anti-choice legislation from flying through both legislative bodies.


It's time to talk to our legislators and ask them to stop the war on women. As I write this the anti's are working on their "pro-family"/anti-choice agenda. What does "pro-family" mean? I'm sure it begins and ends with a ban on abortion. Whew, I said it. We're going backwards Oklahoma, you ready?

To stop an all out attack on reproductive rights in Oklahoma we need your help! Please begin to think about who you could recruit to join our pro-choice troops, we'll be recruiting soon.

Buckle down folks, we've got a bumpy ride ahead.

Monday, November 3, 2008

New study links teen pregnancy and sexy tv shows

Racy shows are all over the television these days so this shouldn't be to surprising. The RAND Company survey "found that teens exposed to high levels of sexual content on television were twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy in the following three years as teens with limited exposure." Read more here...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NAPW video speaks volumes

Pulled this off of the Feministing blog regarding two major anti-choice ballot initiatives in the United States. Check out this video from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. PPCO worked with Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director for NAPW, regarding the trial of Teresa Hernandez in Oklahoma City.

Virginia Pharmacy bans birth control

This is yet one more way to take women down a notch by not selling birth control. A pharmacy in Virginia (of religious nature) has banned birth control, sodas and candy...all of which make society a terrible place. How frustrating for the women of Chantilly, Virginia.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Up to 50 high school students may have been infected with HIV from one individual in Missouri. Check out this article...

Monday, October 13, 2008

SB 1878 to be challenged in court!

As some of you remember, SB 1878 became an omnibus abortion bill (which the Governor vetoed) and one particularly bad portion of the bill would require an invasive (vaginal probe) ultrasound before an abortion procedure. What is worse is the patient would have the screen turned toward her and be told what she is viewing on the screen.

This law takes effect on November 1st and thankfully, a lawsuit has been filed in Tulsa seeking an injunction to prevent SB 1878 from becoming law. Check out this article from Tulsa.

For more information on SB 1878, click here.

Why it matters...

It is so important to know where candidates stand on issues that are important to you. Check out this article at

Friday, October 10, 2008

Our favorite physician and her comment of the day...

Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma recently presented Dr. Dana Stone with the organizational Margaret Sanger Legacy Award and in honor of the "40 days" people, I wanted to share her exceptional thank you speech with you.

"I was honored, pleased, and very surprised when I learned that PPCO had given me the Margaret Sanger Legacy Award. Margaret Sanger dedicated her life to improving the reproductive health of women. Women owe a huge debt of gratitude for her work to assure that we have the right to plan our families. A woman’s health, and the health of her entire family, is directly linked to her reproductive health and her ability to plan the number and spacing of children.

We take for granted our ability to make choices about childbearing now. Unfortunately, radical forces are gradually eroding our right to make these very personal decisions. The Oklahoma State Legislature passed a law last year that interferes with a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy, even in the case of significant health problems for her or her fetus. This past session, the legislature passed a wide-ranging bill that made terminations more cumbersome and imposed mandatory and invasive procedures to be done before an abortion. These were developed to make abortion humiliating and more expensive.

Some states are considering laws that will define life as beginning at conception. And if they are considering it anywhere, you can believe it won’t take long for the idea to make it to Oklahoma!! The people who propose these laws believe that most types of birth control are equivalent to abortion. (Check out the website if you really want a scare.)

People who call themselves “pro-life” and work to overturn Roe v Wade seem to believe that if abortion is illegal, it will disappear. I consider myself pro-life. I don’t think you become a physician unless you value human life and want to preserve it. But, two recent studies demonstrate to me why abortion should remain “safe, legal, and rare.” The World Health Organization published a study which showed that, country by country, abortion occurs at about the same rate regardless of the legality of the procedure. Horrible complications of abortion, however, occur almost exclusively in countries where it is illegal.

A second publication documented the death of an adolescent girl in Portugal, where abortion was illegal. She took eight times the normal dose of an abortion medication and died of internal bleeding and organ failure two days later. You cannot doubt that illegal surgical and medical abortion will occur with devastating consequences to women’s health if the “proponents of illegal abortion,” as I have decided to call them, have their way. Planned Parenthood wants to work with people on all side of the abortion debate to prevent abortions in the only way that really works--by improving access to birth control and preventing unplanned pregnancies.

The most frustrating thing I hear as I talk to legislators is “my district is pro-life.” They hear from the radical right--not from the majority of Oklahomans who believe women and their families need to make their own decisions about these difficult issues. Please sign up for legislative updates from PPCO, contact your legislators on issues that you care about, and pass the information on to your friends. Our national and state leaders must hear our voices, and in larger numbers than ever!!

Dr. Dana Stone

40 is the magic number

40 days is the magic least that's what some anti-choice folks believe. Check out the post on the Oklahoma Voice of Reason blog today. Too bad they don't hold 40 days of prevention of unintended pregnancy or 40 days of education on sexual health or 40 days of deep internal thinking of how to solve the world's economic crisis...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Voter Registration Deadline Nears...

If you haven't already registered to vote you have four days left to do it! You can download an application here and get it in the mail as soon as possible. October 10th is the last day to register so you can vote in the November elections.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What's up in Colorado?

The anti-choice Colorado legislators have proposed an amendment which would define whether a fertilized egg is a person. If this passes, Colorado would be the first state to say when life begins. For more information visit the Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains website.

Teen pregnancy in the news again...

Well I think this is going to be a weekly topic.

Check out this article about statistics on young unwed mothers.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Doctors Can't Discriminate: Guest Blogger Editorial

A California court has barred doctors from invoking their religious beliefs as a reason to deny treatment to gays and lesbians (Tulsa World, 8/19/08). This is a variation on the situation where pharmacists are making personal decisions about filling prescriptions based on their religious beliefs. It may come to the point where specific doctors or pharmacists will refuse to provide services to any gay people at all. Even now, some pharmacists are putting their religious beliefs above the opinion of a physician by refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception and even simple birth control pills. At some point, this type of discrimination will clog our courts with ridiculous and unnecessary law suits.

What's next? There are hundreds of different religions in this country, each with its own beliefs in dozens of areas. Will Christian physicians or pharmacists be able to refuse to serve Muslims, Jews or Atheists? Will Seventh Day Adventists refuse to give products to aid organ transplants or blood transfusions? Will the nurses, technicians, emergency workers, and assistants at every level of health care be permitted to determine individually who they will care for based on their personal religious beliefs? This can only lead to chaos in the medical profession. And it most certainly will spread from the medical world into other professions. If this type of discrimination is allowed to continue, it will touch almost all of our lives at some point, and will certainly become a threat to everyone's health care.

This is not a freedom of religion issue. It is a freedom from religion issue. No one with the degree of power that a physician or pharmacist has over people's lives has the right to impose their religious convictions on their patients. If these zealots can't serve all of the public as health workers, then they need to chose a profession where they don't deal with the public or where their beliefs won't cause irreparable harm to others.

Barbara Santee, Ph.D. is the former Oklahoma director for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and a past member of the ACLU's state board, Santee has spent decades defending reproductive choice and religious liberty.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Votes for Women Event

Oklahoma Voice of Reason blog announces a voter registration/viewing of the movie "Iron Jawed Angel's" to celebrate the anniversary of the 19th amendment which allowed women the right to vote. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Get the facts please...

Check out today's Oklahoman "Your Views" section and see Planned Parenthood's response to a July 24th attack on Planned Parenthood.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

New proposed regulations

A new proposal would change regulations for family planning services and definitions of birth control on a federal level. This article from the Washington Post details why this regulation could create more obstacles to women's health care...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Abstinence Until Marriage program gets extension

Terry at Get R.E.A.L. Oklahoma blogs about the new extension for Title X (abstinence until marriage) funding to entice states to keep their programs. To date, 25 states have refused abstinence only funding...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Interesting Newsweek Article

This week's cover story for investigates the increasing number of young people who are expressing their sexuality at younger ages, one in particular ending in tragedy.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Native American Women Under Fire...

My cousin emailed me this article from regarding the shockingly high rate of rape of Native American women on reservations. We must empower our Native American sisters to take a stand...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Crisis Pregnancy Centers aren't what you think...

Ms. talks about a bill in Maryland that would force Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC's) or anti-choice organizations disguised as health centers, to state that they are not actually health centers. Click here to read more...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High

An interesting article from regarding a pregnancy boom among teens 16 and younger at Gloucester High in Massachusetts. After reading the article, let me know your thoughts...

Anti-choice Pharmacies in America

The Washington Post recently ran an article about the new trend in pharmacies...offering everything in their stores but Plan B, Condoms, and Birth Control. SB 1878, the Freedom of Conscience act, which passed this year carries similar language cited in the story...

Friday, June 13, 2008

New show to educate teens on teen pregnancy

NBC created a new reality show called the "Baby Borrowers" in cooperation with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The show premiers June 25th and gives teen couples an opportunity to care for a baby then progressively moves on to toddlers, preteens, etc.

I may watch this one...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Repairing the Damage Before Roe

Dr. Waldo Felding wrote this essay for the New York Times regarding his experience with complications of illegal abortions in New York City during the early 50's. Roe must stay in tact.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Our own Dr. Stone on

Yeah Dr. Stone! Check out her comments on the anti-choice event "Protest the Pill" day on Saturday, June 7th.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Finding Jessica

My staff and I are fans of and blogger Jessica Valenti. My co-worker made a wish to the brightest star during a recent conversation, "I wish I had Jessica's new book to take with me on the beach during my vacation."

Of course! I'll run down and get her Jessica's new book before she leaves on vacation and it'll be an early birthday present. Little did I know finding He's a stud, she's a slut and 49 other double standards every woman should know would be so difficult.

Walking into B&N, I was under the assumption that when I said her name, everyone would know what I was talking about. As I was directed to the small five tierd shelf of women's studies and feminism books...while being cut off by my daughters running to the kids/pre-teens section...her new book wasn't there. And why are there so few books on the subject? So after negiotiating with my kids to only get one book a piece, we headed to the next bookstore.

Once again no "He's a stud, she's a slut..." only this time the women's study/feminism section was only two shelves and in the corner. Hmmm, the shelves for feminism related books are getting smaller.

On to the next family owned bookstore, no Valenti books at all this time. In my frustration of not finding this new book, I may be the only person in the city asking for it. Surely that's not right.

I finally found the Norman. So 60 miles later, AB has her book and I have an increased appreciation for Jessica and her writings on feminism...and all books related to empowering women. Oklahoma women take notice, our bookshelves are getting smaller...maybe Jessica needs to visit us soon.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Expressing Concern...

Written by guest blogger Anita Fream

Unless you’re on a reproductive health listserv, you probably didn’t read about a recent South Carolina Supreme Court ruling concerning a woman named Regina McKnight. Ms. McKnight was convicted of homicide by child abuse in 2001 for suffering an unintentional stillbirth.

Yes, you read that right. Even though both sides in the courtroom acknowledged that Ms. McKnight had no intention of harming her fetus, because she was a cocaine user, she was convicted of homicide and sentenced to 20 years in prison with no chance of parole.

It you think that couldn’t happen here, you missed the Teresa Hernandez case right here in Oklahoma City. Late last year, Ms. Hernandez struck a plea bargain that reduced her charges from first degree murder to second degree murder because she, too, suffered a stillbirth. In Ms. Hernandez’ situation, her addiction was to methamphetamines. According to the terms of her plea bargain, she will spend the next 15 years in prison, even though, again, no one has accused her of intentionally harming her fetus.

Some find it difficult to see a drug user with any sympathy. Fine. I think we can all agree that taking drugs while you’re pregnant—and I do include tobacco and alcohol when I say this—is a bad idea.

But let’s get a couple of things straight. First, the claim that cocaine or methamphetamine use causes stillbirth—let alone a particular stillbirth—is unsupported by medical research. The South Carolina Supreme Court acknowledged exactly that in its decision last week.

Second, limiting prosecutions to illegal drugs that are favored by the poor is the height of hypocrisy. If we’re so concerned about stillbirths, tobacco users are the target we should be going after (not that I think that’s a good idea, either). So where’s the D.A. who wants to take that one on?

Third, though Teresa Hernandez’ judge shared in the courtroom that he didn’t believe the research, we do in fact know that when states maintain social policy that threatens pregnant women with arrest, their response is to avoid prenatal care. Isn’t that a no-brainer? Who’s going to volunteer to get caught using drugs and jailed for the duration of her pregnancy?

Prenatal care is one of the best things we can do to ensure healthy birth outcomes. Let’s not create public policy that drives some women away from the one thing that keeps them in the health care system where problems can be addressed.

If we want to help women in tough circumstances give birth to healthy babies, let’s offer our assistance. That should include, at the very least, access to good, safe, consistent prenatal care and drug abuse treatment options for pregnant women and women with children.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Once again...

The Chicago Tribune featured an opinion piece by Katha Pollit on what she sees as growing anti-woman sentiments and the affect on reproductive rights legislation.

Are you paying attention Oklahoma anti-choice legislators! You've made a mockery of our state!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Dr. Stone on Alternet

Dr. Stone wrote an article recently for, a progressive site, regarding SB 1878.

I can't help but wonder, when will karma kick in? I hope it's in the form of SB 1878 authors/supporters not getting re-elected. Wouldn't that be something?

It matters desperately who you vote into office and what matters even more is that you keep tabs on their voting habits.

Karma...if you're listening...

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tulsa World Editorial by Janet Pearson

Check out this editorial from Janet Pearson at the Tulsa World. I think Janet is on to something...

Article from RH Reality Check

Dr. Dana Stone, champion for reproductive rights in Oklahoma, was interviewed on the website RH Reality Check recently regarding SB 1878.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Bittersweet is the word for the day

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed SB 2001 - but not before the onerous abortion reporting language was gutted and replaced by an amendment that provided a medical health exception for women regarding the new ultrasound law, from legislation that was passed earlier this month. This was a shocking development indeed.

So as confused as we are right now, this is a bittersweet moment.

Since the session is far from being over, we cannot know what other anti-choice language might find its way into a bill. We will keep you up to date on any legislation that might appear and on actions that need to be taken.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

SB 2001 - Statistical Reporting of Abortion Act

SB 2001 was recently gutted and filled with language from another bill to create the Statistical Reporting of Abortion Act. This bill would require abortion providers to ask women the following questions:

1. The date the abortion is performed;
2. The age, marital status, and race of the mother;
3. The number of years of education of the mother;
4. The state of residence, county of residence, and ZIP code
of the mother;
5. The total number of previous pregnancies of the mother,
and of those, how many resulted in live births and how many resulted
in an abortion, and of those resulting in abortion, how many were
spontaneous, and how many were induced;
6. The approximate gestational age, in weeks as measured from
the last menstrual period of the mother, of the unborn child subject
to abortion;
7. The method of abortion used;
8. Whether the abortion resulted in an infant being born
alive and, if so, whether life-sustaining measures were taken, and
how long the infant survived;
9. Whether anesthesia was administered to the mother and, if
so, what type;
10. Whether anesthesia was administered to the unborn child
and, if so, what type and how it was administered;
11. The method of fetal tissue disposal;
12. The reason(s) for the abortion; (none of your business)
13. The complication(s) of the abortion;
14. The method of payment;
15. The type of medical health coverage;

Misogyny is alive and well in Oklahoma. This information with the exception of the mothers name, will be posted on a state funded website, at the cost of $240,000, for anyone to view at any time.

In the Fiscal Impact Report by the House Fiscal Director, "Long Term Considerations: Required data elements for these reports could allow identification of individuals in less densly populated areas of the state."

STOP THE ISANITY OKLAHOMA! Enough is enough, please call your represenative and ask them to vote no on SB 2001!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Dr. Stone's Comments on SB 1878

Dr. Dana Stone, champion for reproductive rights in Oklahoma, is featured on the Huffington Post website regarding SB 1878. Please take a look today! Supportive comments are welcome!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Now What?

Well Pro-Choice Oklahoma, we've taken one on the chin again. The anti's have figured out that, given time, we can organize and be as strong as them. That's why within a matter of 13 hours, the veto was already back in the senate and house for an override attempt. This cruel bill is going to become law November 2008.

With six weeks left of the 2007-2008 legislative session, we can't afford to pass anymore anti-choice, anti-woman bills. My grandfather always told me "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". I have two daughters and yes, I'm teaching them how to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy; I'm teaching them that their vote is extremely important; and I'm teaching them how to fight untill the bitter end for their rights as women.

Please talk to others. Educate and advocate the challenges we face in Oklahoma regarding reproductive health. And for pete's sake keep up the good fight!


In what seemed a matter of hours (13 to be exact) the Senate and House voted to override Governor Henry's veto of SB 1878.

Please thank the following senators and representatives for voting to sustain the veto and standing up for reproductive rights in Oklahoma:

Scott BigHorse – 405-557-5322
Wallace Collins – 405-557-5386
James Covey – 405-557-7325
Doug Cox – 405-557-7415
Darrell Gilbert – 405-557-7391
Larry Glenn – 405-557-7399
Chuck Hoskin – 405-557-7319
Ryan Kiesel – 405-557-7372
Al Lindley – 405-557-7351
Al McAffrey – 405-557-5396
Jeannie McDaniel – 405-557-7334
Bill Nations – 405-557-7323
Wade Rousselot – 405-557-7388
Glen Bud Smithson – 405-557-7315
Dale Turner – 405-557-7306;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Tom Adelson - 405-521-5551
Roger Ballenger – 405-521-5588
Johnnie Crutchfield – 405-521-5607
Judy Eason McIntyre – 405-521-5598
Connie Johnson – 405-521-5531
Debbe Leftwich – 405-521-5557
Richard Lerblance – 405-521-5604
Mike Morgan – 405-521-5565
Jeff Rabon – 405-521-5614
Andrew Rice – 405-521-5610
Jim Wilson – 405-521-5574;;;;;;;;;;;

Be sure to thank Governor Henry for his courageous move to veto SB 1878!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


From the Tulsa World...
"In announcing the veto, Henry said in a written statement Wednesday that "while I support reasonable restrictions on abortion, this legislation does not provide an essential exemption for victims of rape and incest. By forcing the victims of such horrific acts to undergo and view ultrasounds after they have made such a difficult and heartbreaking decision, the state victimizes the victim for a second time.

'It would be unconscionable to subject victims of rape and incest to such treatment. Because of this critical flaw, I cannot in good conscience sign this legislation.'"



Tuesday, April 15, 2008

They don't think you care...

A group of physicians, activists and grasstops spent the day at the state capitol trying to secure the seven votes needed to sustain a possible veto from Governor Henry. There were more "maybe" answers than anything. Tomorrow the Governor will veto or sign SB 1878. This is our last effort to get individuals to call, fax or email the Governor and the following list of senators.

Please contact the following Senators and ask if they would support a veto on SB 1878:

Sen. Randy Bass (D) - 405-521-5567
Sen. Sean Burrage (D) - 405-521-5555
Sen. Charlie Laster (D) - 405-521-5539
Sen. Debbe Leftwich (D) - 405-521-5557
Sen. Susan Paddack (D) - 405-521-5541
Sen. Nancy Riley (D) - 405-521-5600
Sen. John Sparks (D) - 405-521-5553
Sen. Joe Sweeden (D) - 405-521-5581
Sen. Charles Wyrick (D) - 405-521-5561

Their email addresses are:;;;;;;;;;

There has never been a time your action has been needed more! I know that pro-choice Oklahoman’s have strong voices – use yours now to contact the Governor’s office and urge Governor Henry to veto SB 1878. You can do so by phone, fax, or email.

Call the Governor’s office at (405) 521-2342 and let them know you would like to see Governor Henry veto SB 1878.

Fax a letter to the Governor’s office at (405) 521-3353 that urges him to veto SB 1878.

Send a message to Governor Henry through his website by clicking here!


Monday, April 14, 2008

Getting the word out...

A special thanks to Ann at for blogging about our fight against SB 1878. Also, check out the Tulsa World opinion by Associate Editor Janet Pearson. We appreciate your help!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sustaining a VETO

Now that SB 1878 has landed on the Governor's desk, we have some work to do gaining votes to sustain a veto. This gives us until Thursday to gain seven votes in addition to the ten who voted no earlier this week. I'll list the Senators first and group their email address together at the bottom.

Please contact the following Senators and ask if they would support a veto on SB 1878:

Sen. Randy Bass (D) - 405-521-5567
Sen. Sean Burrage (D) - 405-521-5555
Sen. Charlie Laster (D) - 405-521-5539
Sen. Debbe Leftwich (D) - 405-521-5557
Sen. Susan Paddack (D) - 405-521-5541
Sen. Nancy Riley (D) - 405-521-5600
Sen. John Sparks (D) - 405-521-5553
Sen. Joe Sweeden (D) - 405-521-5581
Sen. Charles Wyrick (D) - 405-521-5561

Their email addresses are:;;;;;;;;;

Senators which voted no against SB 1878 could use an encouraging email to help sustain the veto:;;;;;;;;;;

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

SB 1878 passes the Senate

SB 1878 passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 10. This means that SB 1878, an onerous anti-choice bill, will now head to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law or vetoed.

There has never been a time your action has been needed more! I know that pro-choice Oklahoman’s have strong voices – use yours now to contact the Governor’s office and urge Governor Henry to veto SB 1878. You can do so by phone, fax, or email.

Call the Governor’s office at (405) 521-2342 and let them know you would like to see Governor Henry veto SB 1878.

Fax a letter to the Governor’s office at (405) 521-3353 that urges him to veto SB 1878.

Send a message to Governor Henry through his website by clicking here!

Or even better, come out to the capitol tomorrow, Thursday, April 10th to show your support of Oklahoma women and your opposition to SB 1878 by attending the 2008 Women’s Health Day at the Capitol from 8:30-11:00a.m. on the 2nd floor rotunda.

You can access the text of the bill by using our website at

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

SB 1878 on the MOVE...

SB 1878 was spotted on the Senate legislative agenda for today. This bill is moving sooner than we thought and thankfully was not heard. If you haven't seen the bill language, please go to the website to read this onerous legislation.

Pro-choice Oklahomans need to be aware if this passes in the Senate, our goal is to make as many calls as possible to the Governor to veto the bill.

Please call your Senator as soon as possible and ask them to vote NO on SB 1878.

Monday, April 7, 2008

This is B A D, Part III...

The so-called “Freedom of Conscience” provisions of SB 1878 shatters the boundary between the conscience of the healthcare provider and the conscience of the patient.

Medical professionals may have deeply held beliefs, but so do their patients. Legislators should not encourage those who practice medicine to deny women access to the services they have taken an oath to provide. Passing judgment and imposing their own values on their patients is not sound medicine

Whose rights are at stake? Women have a right to access healthcare. Denying a woman access to medical services is an unacceptable imposition on her rights and an act of outright moral oppression.


This is B A D, Part II...

Under the so-called “wrongful life” provisions of SB 1878, a medical professional who intentionally fails to perform available tests, even when requested, or who intentionally fails to accurately report to the parents of a fetus the results of a such a test, would be totally immune from legal consequences.

Thousands of Oklahomans avail themselves of scientific tests to determine prior to birth if they will deliver a healthy baby. A medical professional, or even a laboratory employee, with impunity, could make the choice to force an innocent family into a life of heartache and financial ruin by intentionally causing the birth of a child with profound, even terminal birth defects. That choice should belong to the family.


Friday, April 4, 2008

This is B A D...

In SB 1878, section 12 (page 16), line 16 (B): "In order for the woman to make an informed decision, at least one (1) hour prior to a woman having any part of an abortion...the physician shall...Perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman, using either a vaginal transducer or abdominal transducer, whichever would display the embryo or fetus more clearly;"

Oklahoma is the only state with proposed legislation which specifies the type of ultrasound required. So our anti-choice legislators hate women so bad they are forcing women to submit to a vaginal ultrasound even if they say NO...OR EVEN IF THEY DON'T NEED ONE!


SB 1878 Headed Back to the Senate

Yes, SB 1878 passed out of the House with little conflict. This bill has become so extreme, it defies explanation with out cuss words. It puts women in serious peril. Please take the time to go to the legislative website, click on Status of Measures and on the left side of the screen click on Basic Search Form. From here you type in SB 1878 and check the Senator author on the right side (LAMB) and click on Retrieve. The version you should read is the House Amendment. You'll see this bill went from 3 pages to 22 pages and is full of terrifying language.

Monday, March 31, 2008


SB 1878 may go to a vote this week. This bill includes:

An ultrasound provision requiring a woman to endure an invasive medical procedure and listen to a description provided by the doctor with the ultrasound screen facing the patient. "They don't have to look", is the statement from authors Rep. Peterson and Rep. Billy;

Under the so-called "wrongful life" provision, a medical professional who intentionally fails to perform available tests, even when requested, or who intentionally fails to accurately report to the parents of a fetus the results of such a test, would be totally immune from legal consequences;

The so-called "Freedom of Conscience" provisions shatters the boundary between the conscience of the healthcare provider and the conscience of the patient;

The requirement of posting signs in abortion clinics stating that a patient may not be coerced into having the procedure is yet another scare tactic by legislators to bully women; and

The language regarding Mifepristone, aka RU-486 which was approved by the FDA nearly six years ago, is legislating how physicians practice medicine. Doctors, not politicans should decide what information and care is best for their patients.

Please contact your Representative today and ask them to vote no on SB 1878!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SB 1878: Ominbus Abortion Bill

Par for the course, the anti-choice legislators have once again pulled a fast one by adding five pieces of anti-choice legislation into SB 1878. This is bad. Please sign up for our activist list today. YOUR reproductive rights have just been violated.

Check out this small article...

This is What a Feminist Looks Like...

SB 1878 to be heard in Judiciary Committee today...

SB 1878 is one complicated bill. This is also called the Freedom of Conscience and has been introduced in several other states around the country. Here is our best explanation:

SB 1878, authored by Senator Faught (R), would create the Freedom of Conscience Act, which gives employees of health care facilities the right to choose not to participate in an objectionable activity based on moral or religious grounds. It provides immunity to such employees for damage caused by their choosing not to participate. It also provides a course of action for employees when an employer violates the act. Initially, the bill did not include a provision for the life and health of the woman. An amendment was added that provides for the life of the woman, but not the health.

Our concern: This bill would put women’s lives and health in danger by creating limited access and hurdles for women in obtaining important medical care. While we understand person’s values in not wanting to participate in abortion services, we do not feel that hospitals should have the right to turn women away due to the moral objections of an employee.

Bill Status: SB 1878 has passed through the full Senate and is being heard in the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on 3/26/08. If it passes through the committee it will then head to the House floor for a vote before going back to the Senate.

Friday, March 14, 2008

1 in 4 teens have an STI...

Planned Parenthood was interviewed by the Oklahoman regarding the new CDC report which states 1 in 4 teens have a Sexually Transmitted Infection. Pay particular attention to the quotes from the "abstinence-based" Oklahoma Family Policy Council opinion.

In the last decade, more than $1.5 billion has been wasted on dangerous abstinence-only programs that deny teenagers life-saving information. It’s time to put that money toward real solutions that will help prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among teenagers.


The motion to do a re-vote on HB 2628 has expired. Hopefully it will stay dormant forever!
Thanks to all who made an effort to stop this bill.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


As I stated earlier, the author of HB 2628 has promised a revote on this bill today. Please email you legislators today, this minute and ask them to vote no on HB 2628!

Update later...


HB 2628 failed yesterday 51 to 50.

Check out this article from the Oklahoman.


Please note: Rep. Faught may bring this bill up again for a re-vote today. This is the last day to hear any bills in the House. Check back soon, we'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Kern Co-Author of Anti-Planned Parenthood Bill

Most of you know Representative Kern is anti-gay but did you know that she is also anti-choice and anti-Planned Parenthood? Kern co-authored HB 2628, the anti-Planned Parenthood bill.

HB 2628 states, “A school district shall not allow a nongovernmental entity, organization, or agency that…provides information about abortion services to be involved in the teaching of a sex education class…or to provide any curriculum, materials, tests, or surveys to the school or teacher for use in a sex education class or program.”

To support the bill, the authors claimed that Planned Parenthood promotes abortion in its public school education programs and uses its in-school sex education to influence impressionable teens to abort their babies. The authors also assured committee members that the bill was specifically written to ban Planned Parenthood and would not affect anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers from easy access to schools.

If this legislation passes, public school teachers will no longer be able to check out the terrific resources from our library, which include educational videos on assertive communication, anatomical models and contraceptive demonstration kits. PPCO will not be able to provide teachers and their students with an expert guest speaker on HIV, sexual responsibility, health relationships, or teen pregnancy prevention.

We have a preventable public health problem in this country — an estimated 750,000 American teens will become pregnant this year and millions more will contract a sexually transmitted infection.

Sometimes parents need help talking with their teens about sex. We need education programs in our schools that will keep teens healthy — by including information about abstinence as well as contraception, healthy communication, responsible decision making, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

As a health care provider, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma knows firsthand the power of education to help teens make responsible decisions about their health. Every year we provide more than 8,000 women, men and teens in central Oklahoma with the health information and services they need to prevent unintended pregnancy and protect their health.


Monday, March 10, 2008

Interesting Week in the House...

For those of you who haven't heard, the House has until Thursday evening to pass more than 200 bills or the bills will die an untimely death. We can only hope the following bills drop dead this week:

HB 2181 - Law stating that only state certified physicians can prescribe and administer Mifepristone (RU486);

HB 2628 - As introduced, HB 2628 states, “A school district shall not allow a nongovernmental entity, organization, or agency that…provides information about abortion services to be involved in the teaching of a sex education class…or to provide any curriculum, materials, tests, or surveys to the school or teacher for use in a sex education class or program.” HB 2628 not only makes it more difficult for public school students to have access to a variety of sources for sexual health education, it would prohibit Planned Parenthood in particular from being involved in any way.

HB 2771 - "Freedom of Conscience Act" relating to professionals abstaining from procedures they morally object;

HB 3059 - Requires signs be posted at all abortion provider facilities informing patients of their right to not be coerced into having an abortion;

HB 3144 - Increases regulation for women seeking an abortion, requiring an ultrasound one hour prior to the abortion procedure (with the screen facing the patient and an explanation of the view on the screen);

Already passed in the House is HB 2814. House Bill 2814 would make it clear that an Oklahoman couldn't sue a doctor, claiming the physician should have counseled a mother to abort her child. Sullivan, R-Tulsa, said the legislation fosters respect for babies with disabilities. A lawsuit would not be affected if the doctor is negligent in any way, Sullivan said.

Please check back, we'll update you on what bills pass and need help getting these killed in the Senate.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Web MD article on Sex Ed for Your Kids

Web MD posted an article on the findings from the Journal of Pediatrics findings...check out Sex Ed for Your Kids: One Talk Won't Do...

Journal of Pediatrics Study on Sex Education

Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, released a study (see link below) this morning that stresses the importance of frequent and open conversations between parents and their children about sex and sexuality.

This study underscores what Planned Parenthood has known for years: nothing is more powerfully helpful in keeping our young people safe and healthy than frequent and supportive conversations between parents and their children.

Here is a link to the study:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Interesting Reading

Check out this article from The Nation called "The Abstinence Gluttons" published last summer...also check out this story from Newsweek yesterday about HPV vaccinations.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Anti-choice bills flying through the House

Once again, the House Judiciary Committee has passed several anti-choice bills out of committe which include:

HB 2181 - resurrected from 2007, this bill is yet another abortion reporting requirement only this time for RU-486 (the abortion pill). The author stated that physicians who give RU-486 are not following FDA requirements about a follow-up visit after 14 days. (How exactly does this representative know that?)

HB 2771 - The ever so popular "Freedom of Conscience Act" which relates to professionals abstaining from procedures they morally object to. (Does this really need to be a law?)

HB 3059 - This bill requires signs to be posted at abortion clinics regarding coercion. (Talked with the abortion provider in Norman and coercion is not a word in his vocabulary.) My vote is to add an amendment to include the same sign in crisis pregnancy centers.

HB 3144 - Not just another ultrasound before an abortion bill, this bill is particularly heinous because it would require providers to perform an ultrasound on a patient ONE HOUR before the procedure...turning the screen toward the patient and explaining what is on the screen whether the patient wants to look at it or not. (I think probably by the time a woman seeking an abortion has had her mandatory 72 hour waiting period, signed and viewed all state mandated documents required before an abortion procedure, and talked with her family and her physician...she has her mind made up.)

ALSO heading for a floor vote is HB 2628 which would keep any non-governmental agencies (who talk about abortion, hand out information on abortion or perform abortions) from talking to teens in schools. This bill is intended to hurt Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma. Usually (on the rare occasion) when Planned Parenthood is invited to speak at a school our educational programs include information about healthy relationships, human sexuality, safety and security on the internet or prevention programs. Considering the author of the bill has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates for his two counties in Oklahoma, he might want to reconsider.

On the Senate side, SB 1878, yet another "Freedom of Conscience Act" bill.

Thanks to all who attended the committee meetings with us this week...our voices may not have been heard but our presence was not ignored.

I leave you with a quote from one of our most popular buttons...


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

HB 2628 would ban Planned Parenthood from Oklahoma Schools

The House Education Committee passed HB 2628 to keep non governmental agencies (planned parenthood) from teaching or providing information for sex education classes and programs in Oklahoma schools. This bill also includes information about abstinence curriculum.

This particular bill is a direct attack on Planned Parenthood. Representative Faught made no attempt to disguise who this would effect. "This bill is to keep Planned Parenthood out of our schools."

Thanks to Representatives Cox, Nations, McDaniels, and McCarter for stepping up and asking the important questions.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Do three women and nine men speak for you and your rights?

As I sat in the Judiciary sub committee meeting for civil justice and listened to three anti-choice bills being introduced by three female legislators, my blood pressure began to rise. If all the women in the state of Oklahoma could have heard these legislators speak on behalf of...well...YOU...regarding your reproductive rights, what would you do?

I feel compelled to let you in on the conversation that ensued. First of all Representative Billy believes there are not enough abortion restrictions in Oklahoma so her bill would require an ultrasound one hour before an abortion procedure. Not optional, required. Required as in "you don't have to look if you don't want to but there going to do it anyway" type law.

Secondly, Representative Hamilton would like signs posted in all (four) abortion clinics stating that you can't be coerced to have an, okay.

Third, Representative Peterson introduced the Freedom of Conscience Act which states you can't be forced to participate in anything that has to do with abortion if you don't belive in it...huh?

And these are just from female should see the list from the male anti-choice extremists at the capitol...

So my question to you. Can you or are you willing to attend the next Judiciary committee meeting and help us kill these bills? Let us know by posting a comment...

Friday, February 8, 2008


Dear Pro-Choice Friends,
We are gearing up for week two at the Capitol and is it a doosie. There are five anti-choice bills on the Judiciary Sub committe on Civil Justice agenda for Monday, February 11th at 4:30 p.m. These bills include:

HB 2709 - requires performance of an ultrasound and explanation of the ultrasound prior to a pregnant woman having an abortion; requires retention records; provides penalty for noncompliance with act;

HB 2771 - creates Freedom of Conscience Act; prohibits employers from discriminating against certain persons; provides equitable relief and damages; provides statute of limitations.

HB 3059 - mandates certain sign posting for facilities that perform abortions.

HB 3144 - requires performance of an ultrasound prior to a pregnant woman having an abortion; provides penalty for false certification.

HB 3378 - Relates to prohibiting abortion without a referral from a second physician and a determination made by both physicians.

The Judiciary sub committee on Civil Justice members include the following Representatives: D. Sullivan, P. Roan, C. Schwartz, T. Thomsen, J. Trebilcock, R. Morrissette and R. Kiesel.

Also on the agenda for the Education sub committee on Common Education for Monday, February 11th at 3 p.m. is:

HB 2618 - Relates to sex education curriculum & materials in schools by prohibiting school districts from allowing nongovernmental entities that provide abortion services or information about abortion to provide materials. (basically that Planned Parenthood isn't welcome in schools).

The Education sub committee members include: A. Coody, N. Brannon, D. Dewitt, S. Winchester, W. Watson, R. McCarter, and E. Cannaday.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

PPCO Celebrates National Condom Week, Feb. 11 - Feb. 17

Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma will give away its one millionth condom during National Condom Week, February 11th – 17th. People can stop by their closest PPCO health centers during the week of Valentine’s Day to enter a “guess the number of condoms in the jar” contest and to pick up free condoms, information, candy, and “Just Wear It” bumper stickers. Health centers are located in Norman, Edmond, Midwest City, south Oklahoma City, and central Oklahoma City.

“Since 1978, the week of Valentine’s Day has been celebrated as National Condom Week,” says Terry Dennison, Director of Education for Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma. “It is a terrific opportunity to educate people about the importance of prevention and responsible condom use and to address anti-condom claims.”

The latex condom is among the most popular ways that sexually active people reduce the risks of unintended pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. But according to Dennison, the past few years have been filled with politically motivated attacks on the efficacy of condoms.

“Instead of providing accurate information about all people’s options in sexual decision-making, there is a conservative movement, both here and abroad, to push abstinence-only-until-marriage while marginalizing the important part that condoms play in prevention,” says Dennison. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, PPCO is hoping to address the distortion of information about condoms by joining other organizations nationwide to promote the use of latex condoms during National Condom Week.

“PPCO appreciates the fact that abstinence is a valid and practical choice,” says Dennison. “The reality, though, is that most people, married or not, will choose to have sex at some point in their lives. Condom awareness and the promotion of responsible choices and behaviors are also key parts of our continuing strategy of prevention.”

In addition to activities planned at the PPCO health centers, PPCO will join student organizations to distribute free latex condoms, information, and related items on area university and college campuses.

“We want people to feel that it’s okay to talk about condoms, and that condom use can be the norm rather than the exception,” says Dennison. “The more comfortable people become, the better equipped they will be to make safer decisions about their sexual health and behavior.”

For additional information on National Condom Week or other services of Planned Parenthood, call 405/528-0221. For an appointment at your local Planned Parenthood clinic, call 1-800-230-PLAN.

The National Condom Week campaign is made possible through the support of Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Friends Fighting AIDS (OFFAIDS) and private donations.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Article from the Oklahoma Daily

Reporter Jackie Clews, had a nice article in the Oklahoma Daily this past week. Check out Sex education: teaching abstinence isn't enough...

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Gearing up for the next session

Well, its that time again. Dig out your "Keep your laws off my body" button and your pink "Stand Up for Choice" t-shirt, the legislative session begins February 4th! Woo hoo! Once again, we are spreading the word that prevention will lower the abortion rate in Oklahoma not laws that punish women.

Let me first tell you of a few bills that are promising and you should stay on top of with your legislators:

1. Senator John Sparks was kind enough to support and author SB 1450, the Contraceptive Equity bill. Basically this bill would require insurance companies who cover pre-natal care, pregnancy and deliveries to also cover contraception. Be sure to thank Senator Sparks for helping to COVER OUR PILLS!

2. Senator Tom Adelson was sold on the idea comprehensive sex education in schools needs to be scientifically and medically accurate and has authored SB 1489. The abstinence until marriage programs are not working! The important thing to remember is Oklahoma currently ranks 8th in the country for teen births and 12th in the country for repeat teen births. This bill would do wonders for the teen pregnancy prevention in Oklahoma.

3. Senator Jim Wilson has picked up on the Patient Protection Act or SB 1493. This bill would require that pharmacies in Oklahoma, who refuse to fill a contraceptive prescription, to find other resources for the patient to get the prescription filled. Also requires signs to be posted in pharmacies stating this.

4. The Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies act HB 2457 and HB 3320 was picked up by Representative Jeannie McDaniel and Representative Al Lindley. This is requiring emergency contraception to be offered and given to victims of rape in emergency rooms. From what we heard, only three hospitals currently carry emergency contraception for victims of rape.

All of these were introduced last year but never made their way out of committee. All of these bills will directly impact unintended or unwanted pregnancies in our state which, in turn, reduce the number of abortions.

Please call your senators and representatives and ask them to support this important legislation. If you're pro-choice, pro-woman and pro-family, we need you to get involved.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Vigil at the Capitol

Yes, today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and many religious events were held across the country in opposition of this historic moment.

We on the other hand commemorate the landmark decision which allowed women the option of legal, safe abortions in our country.

As you're sitting at home watching the many news stories covering the anti's events on the anniversary of Roe...reflect on the words which neglect to mention the woman (incubator) as a person...or education is the key to preventing unintended pregnancies...or the fact that abstinence-only programs are not working in our state (8th highest in the nation for teen births and 12th highest in the nation for repeat teen births), please consider taking a stand with us in our fight to protect reproductive rights in Oklahoma.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade a Powerful Reminder That
The Struggle for Women’s Health and Safety Continues

On the anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma commemorates 35 years of freedom for women and families and vowed to continue the fight to protect women’s health, increase access to affordable health care and birth control, and expand access to comprehensive sex ed.

Roe v. Wade is a powerful reminder that deciding whether and when to become a parent is one of the most personal and important choices we make. As the nation’s leading provider and advocate of reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood knows firsthand that when women and couples have access to high-quality, affordable health care, they are able to plan healthy families.

Every year, in communities nationwide, Planned Parenthood provides millions of women, men and teens with the information, education and services they need to protect their health, prevent unintended pregnancy, plan and space healthy, wanted pregnancies — and ultimately, to fulfill their dreams and destinies.

Thirty-five years after Roe, the struggle to protect women’s health and safety continues, and it is time for the Oklahoma Legislature and the Bush administration to stop playing politics with public health, Planned Parenthood is calling on elected officials to work with us to expand access to reproductive health care and real sex education for women and families.

Click here to learn more about the historic Roe v. Wade ruling and other reproductive health issues or visit or

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Reproductive Rights and the Candidates

Want some information on how a few presidential candidates feel about choice? Check out this article, The Incremental Revolutionary for some interesting insight...

Monday, January 14, 2008

The license plate saga continues...

For more than four years, a lawsuit to allow Oklahomans the option of choosing a pro-choice license plate has been declined. This is in retaliation of the "choose life" license plates created in 2004, which benefit organizations that counsel women to continue their pregnancies. The Supreme Court declined to hear Hill v. Kemp and let stand the 2007 ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

In a statement from the Center for Reproductive Rights:

"We had hoped that the plaintiffs would be given an opportunity to pursue their freedom of speech claims in federal court. Pro-choice Oklahoma drivers are being denied the opportunity to express their point of view, while anti-choice drivers are granted the right to spread propaganda that not only supports their political opinions, but is explicitly sanctioned by the state government. State lawmakers could have resolved this issue simply and fairly by making pro-choice plates equally available, but they have so far refused. Together with Debevoise, we will explore all available options to ensure that the important federal claims raised by these Oklahoma residents will be fully heard."

The Center for Reproductive Rights will continue to fight for the pro-choice plates.