Kansas and Oklahoma tied for No. 1 and No. 2 respectively for anti-choice laws based on lies and junk science

 Kansas and Oklahoma are among the worst states passing abortion restrictions that conflict with scientific evidence, according to a new report released today by the Guttmacher Institute. In response to these findings, Trust Women, a leading pro-choice and reproductive justice nonprofit with clinics in Kansas and Oklahoma, announced today the launch of a state-focused Lies into Laws education campaign to highlight the staggering number of abortion restrictions based on lies that prevent women from accessing reproductive care.

Guttmacher’s analysis focuses on 10 abortion restriction categories that lack a foundation in rigorous science. Among the highest-offending states, Kansas is tied for first place with restrictions in place in eight of the categories considered, and Oklahoma is tied for second, with restrictions in place in seven of the categories. These restrictions include: mandatory delays, 20-week bans and unscientific state-mandated biased counseling, among others. The laws in Kansas and Oklahoma negatively affect 1.3 million women of reproductive age.

“As one of the only remaining providers in the area, we witness firsthand the critical harm that these laws are doing to women in Kansas and Oklahoma — particularly in underserved communities,” said Julie Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women. “The state leadership in Kansas and Oklahoma have decided that deceiving women is permissible as long as it means they can advance their anti-abortion agenda, but our women deserve better. There is no place for lies in health care, and it’s time we hold these leaders accountable.”

Trust Women is partnering with the National Partnership for Women & Families as part of a multi-state Lies into Laws effort also rolling out in Louisiana and Texas. These four states  are among those that lead the nation in the Guttmacher Institute’s analysis of abortion restrictions that conflict with science. In total, the abortion restrictions in place in these four states affect nearly 8 million women of reproductive age. These state campaigns bring together reproductive rights partners at the local level to show how these restrictions are harming women. Additional partners include Texas Freedom Network Education Fund and Lift Louisiana.

“Across the country, politicians are using lies about abortion to pass laws that make it difficult or even impossible for women to access abortion care,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership. “We’re excited to launch this multi-state effort with partners like Trust Women to call out politicians in these states and gets lies out of abortion policy.”

Last year, the National Partnership released its own data showing more than 70 percent of abortion restrictions introduced in just the first two months of 2016 were based on lies. In 2016, the National Partnership ran state-based Lies to Laws campaigns in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information about how abortion opponents are turning lies into laws, visit LiesIntoLaws.org/In-the-States.


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Trust Women’s May newsletter is out

Trust Women Foundation’s May 2017 newsletter is out.

Legislative highlights: On the legislative front, it looks like Oklahoma HB 1549, which would ban physicians from providing abortions solely because of a fetal anomaly, will not become law this session. The so-called “font” bills in Kansas, SB 98 and HB 2319, are another matter. We’re asking our supporters in Kansas to call their representative and senators to urge them to vote against requiring clinics such as ours to disclose medically unnecessary information about our physicians that only serves to further ostracize them.

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Voices for Choice is May 2 at Kansas Statehouse

Trust Women Foundation is helping sponsor Voices for Choice, a lobby day May 2 at the Kansas Statehouse.

Events kick off at 9 a.m. with the presentation of the Outstanding Ally in Government, Dr. George Tiller Courage and Next Generation awards. Participants will have a chance to meet with lawmakers and be briefed about relevant bills. Lunch will be served.

More information is available on the Voices for Choice Facebook event page.

To register, click here.

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Oklahoma woman speaks out against HB 1549

An Oklahoma woman met with Associated Press reporter Sean Murphy to talk about her own experiences terminating a pregnancy because of a fetal anomaly. She spoke out against HB 1549, which would ban physicians from providing abortion care solely because of a fetal indication, on behalf of women everywhere.

Here’s a preview:

The story helps shine light on a proposed law that lacked compassion and was unconstitutional. We are hopeful the bill will not go any further as it did not move to a committee in the Oklahoma Senate.

Read the full story here. 


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