Thursday, December 6, 2012

GOOD NEWS!

We appreciate our friends at the Center for Reproductive Rights and Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice for all their hard work defeating HB 1970 and HB 2780 the last two years.  Check out this editorial in the Tulsa World here

PPCO is gearing up for 2013-2014 legislative session and will let you know our next steps soon!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Choices 2012: PPCO 75th Anniversary

Choices 2012: PPCO 75th Anniversary  https://vimeo.com/53337418
Follow this link to see who we are and what we do!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Research shows the number of people who say abortion should remain safe and legal is higher than the number who would identify as pro-choice.  The pro-choice and pro-life lables don't reflect the conversation that's happening in America today.  Check out this great editorial from the New York Times.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Protecting our girls

The shooting of teenager Malala Yousafzai has shaken a lot of people, including me. Her maiming should be a wake-up call to all of us who believe we care about young women. We’re obviously not doing enough to protect girls from the fanatics who still believe women are property.

Religious extremists should not own government, and they should not own women. But if we allow them to do the first, the second never seems to be far behind. Let me be clear here. I’m not talking only about Pakistan. I’m talking about the world. I’m talking about the U.S. I’m talking about Oklahoma, where I live.

In 1979, the United Nations adopted its only international treaty specifically intended to protect women’s rights—the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. More than 30 years later, the U.S. has still not ratified this treaty. We’re in great company, with the tiny handful of countries, like Iran, who also want no part of it.

Shame on us. Why haven’t we insisted that our Senators bring this treaty to a vote over the past three decades? While we’ve allowed a few conservatives to block ratification of the Convention, to the world, we’ve been making a very clear statement: We don’t really support the elimination of discrimination against women.

And we don’t. I know we have it good in the U.S. You’re unlikely to get shot for trying to attend school. Your odds of getting murdered do go up, though, if you think you’re going to med school and becoming an abortion provider.

While extremists in some places commit honor killings, female genital mutilation or the sequestering of women, here at home we “just” force women to have babies against their will and charge them with first degree murder for suffering stillbirths or for insisting on natural childbirth rather than opting for a C-section.

I’m not trying to compare any of this to the shooting of Malala Yousafzai. I’m saying that it’s all part of the same ugly process.

Around the world, girls are wearing scarves and arm bands declaring, “I am Malala.” Darn right, they are. To the men who plotted to murder Malala, shame on you. And shame on home-grown extremists who, in their hearts, believe girls should grow up with different expectations, rights and privileges than do boys.

Protecting girls starts at home. Not one of us should be able to lay our heads on our pillows at night to sleep in peace as long as girls and women are seen as second-class citizens who don’t have the wherewithal to make moral decisions without the leadership of men. It’s not true. And claiming that god says so does not make it true.

Invoking god in political debate is a very bad idea, as we should be able to figure out from watching the world around us. It tempts people to use political power—or even force—to impose their own religious views on others. Don’t let it keep happening.

Take back the conversation. Public policy debates should not be based on who follows his or her religious beliefs the most closely. They should be based on proven outcomes for particular policies. You should know what the research says about the policies you support. Then you should stand up for them, without apology and without needing any reference to the almighty. Reality is on your side.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Beyond words...

Hello PRO-CHOICE Oklahoma!  Our educator ran across this interesting article and we thought we would share.  Apparently in Minnesota, a non-profit group is stocking pregnancy tests at local bars.  The gist?  This nonprofit would like for you to take a pregnancy test before you consume any alcohol...to prevent exposure to alcohol if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy.   

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Nebraska Woman Denied Abortion, Forced To Watch Baby Die

Unfortunately, the 20 week abortion ban also passed in Oklahoma last year.  Also unfortunate is the lack of compassion from legislators who have no business passing laws like this...

Nebraska Woman Denied Abortion, Forced To Watch Baby Die

Monday, May 14, 2012

Another one bites the dust...

And we are so thankful for common sense prevailing in our Oklahoma court systems.  HB 1970 from the 2011 legislative session has been ruled unconstitutional!  Click here to read more...

What an incredible year...keep up the momentum PRO-CHOICE OKLAHOMA!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

OK Supreme court strikes down Personhood!

The past two week have been insane.  First, the Oklahoma legislature, despite the efforts of some anti-choice extremists, chose not to hear SB 1433 (the Personhood Act) in the House.  Now, the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously struck down the Personhood Ballot Initiative! 

Oklahomans might just be tired of war on women...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SB 1433 - the Personhood Act - could be heard in the next week!

We are urging all who are against SB 1433, the Personhood Act, to make your voices heard!  The pressure is on and legislators are counting how many emails, calls, and personal visits they are receiving "for" and "against" SB 1433. 

Go to our www.facebook.com/ppcok to send a message to Oklahoma House members and urge them to VOTE NO on SB 1433!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fetal heartbeat bill passes the Senate

I think every anti-choice bill in the Oklahoma Senate is going to pass 34 to 8 (same as SB 1433).  The fetal heartbeat bill passed the Senate yesterday 34 to 8, click here to read more...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oklahoma legislators will stop at nothing to defund Planned Parenthood

No doubt you’ve heard Planned Parenthood discussed in the media recently.  Unfortunately, the discussion is not about the high quality, affordable reproductive health care and cancer screening services that are provided to hundreds of thousands of mid and low-income women and men by Planned Parenthood.   

Need proof?  Check out this article...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

One more reason to vote NO on SB 1433!

Oklahomans need options when it comes to planning their families. Whether a couple is not yet ready to have children, or decides in vitro fertilization is the best option to start a family, this bill could deny them family planning and birth control and take away their ability to make decisions that are best for their situation.


SB 1433 has consequences for anyone in Oklahoma who wants to start a family, or is not yet ready to have children.

During these tough economic times, I hope you will look for ways to get Oklahomans back to work, not working to make basic health care like birth control and in vitro fertilization illegal.


I oppose this legislation because it doesn't take families into consideration. Please consider the real consequences of SB 1433 and vote no.

http://www.news9.com/story/16922273/news-9s-amanda-taylor-shares-struggle-with-infertility#.TznXQPW3gPU.facebook

Friday, February 10, 2012

A whole lotta squirming in Health and Human Services committee meeting this week!

Oh yeah, we were there.  Senator Connie Johnson and Jim Wilson debated couragously against the proposed SB 1433 personhood bill on Monday.  Senator Johnson's attempt to amend the bill with the following amendment sparked a viral explosion.  Click here to read more and believe me it's worth the read!

Please be vigilant, SB 1433 could be heard anytime next week.  Call, email or fax your Senator today and ask him to vote no on this horrendous legislation.

NOOOOKLAHOMA on SB 1433~!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SB 1433 - Personhood definition to be heard soon

SB 1433 catapulted out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Monday by a vote of 5 to 2. Thank you Senators Connie Johnson and Jim Wilson for debating this horrible bill.

As Dr. Reshef states in this video, any and all women should be contacting your Senator ASAP to ask them to vote no on SB 1433.

KOKH FOX 25 :: Top Stories - Embryo bill

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Janet Pearson's op/ed in the Tulsa World

Thanks to Janet Pearson at the Tulsa World for the review and reminder Oklahoma women need to be prepared to step it up a notch this year.  The legislative session is going to be tough and when the "going gets tough, THE TOUGH GET GOING!"