Prevention is the key! Planned Parenthood supports the following legislation which will increase access to birth control, lower the teen birth rate, assist victims of rape and protect access to contraception in rural areas:
HB 1348 – Rep. Jeannie McDaniel
Sexuality Education – Requiring that any Oklahoma Schools which teaches or distributes information on sexuality education, must have scientifically accurate materials;
HB 1353 – Rep. Jeannie McDaniel and SB 477 - Senator Tom Adelson
Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act – Requiring emergency rooms and other health are facilities that treat rape victims offer information on emergency contraception;
SB 264 – Senator Jim Wilson
Patient Protection Act – Requiring that pharmacies fill prescriptions for contraceptives and provide availability to over-the-counter emergency contraception, or follow guidelines set forth to fill a prescription in a timely manner;
SB 494 – Senator Constance Johnson
Right to Choose Life Act – An Act related to family planning. Requires coverage of prescription contraceptive drugs and devices; and
SB 495 – Senator Andrew Rice
Contraceptive Equity – Requiring Insurance companies to cover contraceptive supplies at the same rate that they would cover pregnancy, childbirth, and prenatal care.
If you've never had the pleasure of lobbying for (or against) legislation, you might check out the legislative process at www.okpolicy.org. Also, Planned Parenthood makes an effort to educate legislators about the good and bad bills which effect reproductive rights in our state but it takes calls from YOU,as a constituent in their district, to make an impact!
To find out who your legislator is click here!