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Oklahoma Supreme Court Keeps Pre-Roe Ban in Effect

Today, the Oklahoma Supreme Court recognized the state constitution protects the right to abortion in life-threatening situations but nonetheless upheld the state’s “pre-Roe” ban. Today’s decision means most Oklahomans will still not be able to access abortion care, a blow to the entire region. In May 2022, Oklahoma became the first state to ban abortion entirely.

March 21, 2023 • Oklahoma

On the 50th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Continues Fight to Expand Abortion Access

On the 50th anniversary (Sunday, January 22) of the landmark United States Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which was overturned last June, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) is working to protect and expand access in Kansas, while fighting for patients in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma that have been stripped of a fundamental right to control their bodies and futures.

Jan. 20, 2023 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Missouri Court Rules in Favor of Planned Parenthood Medicaid Patients; ‘Defunding’ is Unconstitutional

Today, a Missouri state court ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLRSWMO), finding the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) violated the state’s constitution by refusing to reimburse care provided to Missouri patients through the Medicaid program.

Dec. 28, 2022 • Missouri

Planned Parenthood Launches Medication Abortion Care via Telehealth at Kansas Health Centers

Following a recent court ruling allowing doctors to provide medication abortions via telemedicine, Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (CHPPGP) launched telehealth medication abortion services in Kansas.

Dec. 20, 2022

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

In The News

Taxpayer funding would boost anti-abortion counseling and ads under Kansans for Life plan

March 8, 2023 • The Topeka Capital-Journal

The state's foremost anti-abortion lobbying group is asking Kansas lawmakers to create a program where taxpayer money would help fund anti-abortion efforts.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Kansas Republicans want to use state dollars to fund ‘alternatives to abortion’

March 7, 2023 • The Kansas City Star

Kansas lawmakers want to establish an “alternatives to abortion” program in the state. Proposed legislation would require the state to contract with a nonprofit organization to provide support to any pregnant woman, father of an unborn child or parent of a child ages 2 or under. The nonprofit would then subcontract with ”pregnancy support centers,” maternity homes, adoption agencies and other social service organizations.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

As Kansas lawmakers target abortion rights, opposition unites at Statehouse

March 6, 2023 • Kansas Reflector

Day of advocacy planned to demonstrate ‘collective power’ in fight for bodily autonomy

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Cole County judge blocks effort to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood

Jan. 13, 2023 • Missouri Independent

Lawmakers cannot use appropriation bills to limit the list of eligible Medicaid providers, a Cole County judge ruled Wednesday in a decision allowing payments for health services provided by Planned Parenthood.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Planned Parenthood Starts Telemedicine Abortions in Kansas

Dec. 20, 2022 • AP News

A Planned Parenthood affiliate announced Tuesday that it has started teleconferences with off-site doctors for patients seeking medication abortions at one of its Kansas clinics, a small step toward potentially much broader access in a state that has become a destination for the procedure after an August vote affirming abortion rights.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Regional CEO visits Lawton Planned Parenthood

Dec. 13, 2022 • KSWO

The CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains visited the Lawton office Tuesday. Emily Wales discussed reproductive healthcare and the variety of services offered at the location, including STD and STI prevention. It was her first time visiting since the location opened in November. She said the new location has filled a need within the community.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

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