Created to open dialogue regarding protecting reproductive health in Oklahoma.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tell Senators to Stand with Oklahoma Women!
We first told you about two dangerous bills - HB 1409 and HB 1721 - in February. Despite the efforts of our supporters and friendly lawmakers, both bills moved through the house. We expect both bills to be heard on the Senate floor in coming weeks.
HB 1409 would impose a 72-hour waiting period and require physicians to provide
biased information that is not based on science-both of which are intended to
shame or coerce a woman into making a decision about her pregnancy.
HB 1721 would ban abortion after 14 weeks in Oklahoma. The reality is that nine
in 10 abortions in the U.S. occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (Guttmacher). Abortion after 14 weeks in
pregnancy is less common, but in all cases, a woman and her doctor need every
medical option available.
Both of these bills are part of a broader effort to restrict or end access to
safe, legal abortion in Oklahoma and are particularly cruel for women and
families in heartbreaking situations-needing to end a pregnancy after careful
consideration, but experiencing lengthy, unnecessary delays in accessing safe