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Planned Parenthood Great Plains Expands to Southwest Oklahoma, Opens New Health Center in Lawton to Increase Access to Family Planning and Other Essential Care

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) is excited to launch a new health center in Lawton, Oklahoma, marking the organization's expansion into the southwestern region of the state. The Lawton location brings access to reproductive health care much closer to home for patients in a part of the state where there is an identified need for sexual health. The clinic started seeing patients for a wide range of services including birth control, STI and HIV testing and treatment, emergency contraception (morning-after pill), pregnancy testing and services, and general wellness care.

Nov. 10, 2022

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Receives Grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation to Increase Access to STI Testing for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) is pleased to announce it received a $31,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Access to Health Care iFund grant program.

July 26, 2022 • Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains on President’s Executive Order: Abortion Should Be Safe, Legal, and Accessible

Today, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) applauded President Biden’s Executive Order Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services including expanding access to contraceptives and safeguarding privacy. This Executive Order comes two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned 50 years of a constitutional right to an abortion, which immediately impacted much of the region PPGP serves. 

July 8, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Total Abortion Bans Challenged in Court

Today, abortion providers and advocates in Oklahoma filed a lawsuit in state court challenging two total abortion bans with criminal penalties for providers, one of which has been on the books since 1910. The 1910 “pre-Roe” ban prohibits abortion entirely and was revived by the Oklahoma Attorney General on June 24, 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

July 1, 2022 • Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains to Arkansas County Prosecutor: Prioritize Patients and Victims Over Headlines

At a time when Arkansans are still reeling from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strip people of their right to access safe, legal abortion care, Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith doubled down on plans to enforce criminal actions against providers offering what should be considered basic health care in a letter to Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP).

June 28, 2022 • Arkansas

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Reacts to Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade; Ending Abortion Access in Majority of the Midwest

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 opinion to overturn Roe, eliminating 50 years of protection for the right to safe, legal abortion.

June 24, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Names Emily Wales President and CEO, Launches Center for Abortion and Reproductive Equity (CARE)

Today, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) board of directors announced Emily Wales has been named the organization’s president and CEO. To build on PPGP’s priority of expanding patient access, PPGP also announced the establishment of the Center for Abortion and Reproductive Equity (CARE), which will bring together PPGP’s expertise in lowering barriers to comprehensive care, with a commitment to addressing the structural challenges faced by marginalized communities in accessing health care.

June 6, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Becomes First State to Entirely Ban Abortion

Today, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law H.B. 4327, a citizen-enforced total ban on abortion that took effect today immediately upon signature. Oklahoma is now the only state in the United States to successfully outlaw abortion while Roe v. Wade still stands.

May 25, 2022 • Oklahoma

Vigilante Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Oklahoma

Today, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declined to immediately block a citizen-enforced ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy (S.B. 1503). The Oklahoma state legislature passed the ban on April 28 with anti-abortion lawmakers forestalling any debate or questions. 

May 3, 2022 • Oklahoma

In The News

Abortion clinic that opened days after Roe fell is inundated

Nov. 4, 2022 • AP News

When Planned Parenthood decided four years ago to open a new clinic in a medically underserved working-class neighborhood here, it envisioned a place that would save women living nearby from having to take hourslong bus rides to obtain birth control, testing or an abortion.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

'It's almost like playing the lottery': Abortion providers struggle with high demand

Oct. 4, 2022 • KCUR

Kansas is one of a few states in its region where abortion is legal. Planned Parenthood Great Plains is struggling to keep up with demand as patients travel from as far as Texas and Louisiana to receive care.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

‘Eye of the storm’: Planned Parenthood in Kansas can’t keep up with abortion demand

Sept. 27, 2022 • The Kansas City Star

The new Planned Parenthood health center in Kansas City, Kansas, was designed to be brightly lit and friendly, a comfortable space for patients to have those often-uncomfortable conversations about their sexual and reproductive health needs.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

What the vote to protect abortion rights in Kansas means to the region, nation

Aug. 11, 2022 • ABC News

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Emily Wales outlines the significance of the vote in a region where access is shrinking.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Kansas Abortion Vote Shocks Washington

Aug. 6, 2022 • MSNBC

This week, by a stunning 20-point margin, Kansas voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have given lawmakers the power to restrict or ban abortion in the state. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

‘We found common ground.’ How abortion rights were won in conservative Kansas

Aug. 4, 2022 • Los Angeles Times

For abortion rights activists, Kansas voters’ overwhelming rejection Tuesday of a ballot measure that would have allowed Republican lawmakers to restrict or outlaw the procedure is not just an unexpected victory in this conservative state.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

“The plan backfired”: Kansas voters fiercely reject an antiabortion ballot initiative

Aug. 3, 2022 • Vanity Fair

A ballot measure that would have stripped abortion protections from the state’s constitution resoundingly failed in Kansas Tuesday night in a major victory for reproductive rights. It was “a sign of just how unpopular overturning Roe v. Wade is nationally,” one election watcher said.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

'This is what a crisis looks like': Planned Parenthood official on abortion ruling fallout

July 26, 2022 • CNN

Emily Wales, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, says the amount of confusion is incredibly high as more states move to ban abortion.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

The threat to abortion access in purple states

July 2, 2022 • MSNBC

Several purple states like Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania are now under threat of having abortion banned if Republicans win the gubernatorial races there. MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin speaks to Oklahoma Senate Nominee Kendra Horn and Planned Parenthood Great Plains President & CEO Emily Wales on the future of abortion access in these states.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains