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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

Legal Challenges Filed to Block Two Extreme Oklahoma Abortion Bans

Today, a coalition of Oklahoma abortion providers and a reproductive justice organization filed two separate challenges in state court to block two different abortion bans passed during the 2022 state legislative session.

 

April 29, 2022 • Oklahoma

In The News

'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

Planned Parenthood clinic doctor details hard decisions following state's abortion trigger law

June 27, 2022 • ABC News

An Arkansas law charges anyone who conducts an abortion with a felony.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Abortion is illegal in Missouri. Providers look to next frontier to ensure access

June 25, 2022 • Missouri Independent

While abortion-rights advocates lay the groundwork for the post-Roe world, their opponents say they’re also gearing up for the next battle.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Oklahoma Abortion Providers Say SCOTUS Ruling Devastating But Fight Isn’t Over

June 24, 2022 • News 9

Oklahoma was one of 13 states with an abortion trigger law. Those laws took effect the moment the Supreme Court handed down their decision on Roe v. Wade. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Planned Parenthood builds staff network to help U.S. women navigate abortion hurdles

June 13, 2022 • Reuters

Planned Parenthood and other abortion-rights groups are expanding a network of staff to guide patients through what is expected to become an increasingly complex and expensive process to obtain abortions across much of the United States.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

With a new CEO, Planned Parenthood Great Plains rethinks abortion care for a post-Roe world

June 6, 2022 • KCUR

Following a nine-month-long search, Planned Parenthood Great Plains — which operates clinics in Kansas, western Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas — has named Emily Wales as its president and CEO.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Oklahoma lawmakers pass nation's most restrictive abortion law

May 19, 2022 • The Oklahoman

Oklahoma is poised to implement the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation after state lawmakers on Wednesday gave final passage to a Texas-style ban that begins at conception. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

VP Harris blasts Oklahoma abortion law as ‘outrageous'

May 19, 2022 • MSNBC

Dr. Iman Alsaden, Medical Director for Planned Parenthood, Great Plains, tells MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell she thinks Oklahoma’s new abortion bill banning nearly all abortions from the moment of fertilization is “ridiculous” and shows that Oklahoma politicians “are interested in controlling and criminalizing” women’s bodies instead of focusing on “people’s health.”

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains