With out a doubt, the next two to four years are going to be difficult for reproductive rights in Oklahoma. In an effort to get you slowly acclimated to the shock of what we are facing we wanted to ease into the good first. There are six very positive prevention bills we want you to start spreading the good news about:
HB 1195 - Author Rep. Jeannie McDaniel
Requires the board of education to provide age-appropriate instruction in human growth and development, and ensure that all curricula and materials are age-appropriate and medically accurate.
HB 1272 - Author Rep. Jeannie McDaniel
Creates the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act. Requires the State Department of Health to make available information about emergency contraception; Requires the Department to monitor compliance of the CARE Act.
SB 37 - Author Sen. Jim Wilson
Mandates local school board to ensure sex education material is medically accurate; defines medical accuracy and provides guidelines.
SB 39 - Author Sen. Jim Wilson
Mandates that pharmacies must dispense contraceptive drugs and devises, clarifies the pharmacy's right to refusal, and allows notification of a customer's rights.
SB 491 - Author Sen. Connie Johnson
Establishes the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act; requires hospitals to provide victims of alleged rape incidents with information regarding emergency contraception.
SB 535 - Author Sen. Connie Johnson
Established the "Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Act"; requires schools to provide students with instruction regarding human sexuality and safety methods and concerns barring parental objection.
The legislative session starts February 7th. Familiarize yourself with these bills and be prepared to contact your legislators to support all of these preventative bills which will make a real impact on unintended pregnancies in Oklahoma...click here to find your legislator...