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Planned Parenthood Sues Gov. Parson for Unlawful Defunding, Launches Petition Urging Biden Administration to Act

Today, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLRSWMO) filed a lawsuit in state court against the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) for refusing to reimburse care provided to Missouri patients through the Medicaid program. The DSS decision takes effect at the end of day Friday, March 11.

March 10, 2022 • Missouri

Planned Parenthood Great Plains on Missouri “Defunding” its Health Centers from Medicaid Program, Blocking Access to Life-Saving Care

Hours after passing the state legislature, Governor Mike Parson signed a supplemental budget bill that included language to “defund” Planned Parenthood from participating in Missouri’s Medicaid program, which encompasses Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) health centers in Columbia, Kansas City, Independence, and Gladstone.

Feb. 24, 2022 • Missouri

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Reopens New, Permanent Health Center in Edmond; Increases Access to Family Planning Services

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) announced the reopening of its Edmond Health Center in a new, permanent location – 1601 South Boulevard. The health center started taking telehealth appointments last month, and now patients can receive in-person care for family planning, reproductive and sexual health, and primary care needs.

Feb. 7, 2022 • Oklahoma

On 49th Anniversary of Roe, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Warns of Immediate Threats to Abortion Access in the Midwest

On the eve of the anniversary of the historic United States Supreme Court decision Roe vs Wade, the Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) four-state region – Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and western Missouri – faces continued attacks on access to care, severely restricting a patient’s reproductive freedom. 

Jan. 21, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Interim CEO Reacts to Supreme Court Allowing Restrictive Texas Abortion Law to Remain in Place

Today, in the wake of The Supreme Court ruling that Texas’ SB-8 — a near-total ban on abortions — can remain in place, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) Interim CEO Emily Wales reacted to the court’s continued blocking of access to care for thousands of patients: 

Dec. 10, 2021 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks New Abortion Restrictions

Three new abortion restrictions set to take effect November 1 have been blocked.

Oct. 25, 2021 • Oklahoma

Court Refuses to Block New Abortion Restrictions in Oklahoma

Today, a state court judge in Oklahoma ruled from the bench and denied in part a request for a temporary injunction against several extreme abortion restrictions that will decimate access to abortion across the state and region. The laws — which were all challenged as part of the same lawsuit — are scheduled to take effect on November 1. The plaintiffs will now be seeking emergency relief from the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an attempt to block the remaining restrictions before they can take effect.

Oct. 4, 2021 • Oklahoma

In re: Reproductive freedom marches planned in five Arkansas cities

Thousands will gather Saturday, Oct. 2, in five cities across Arkansas for the March for Reproductive Freedom in response to the Texas anti-abortion law and to send a clear, unified message to the Supreme Court and state lawmakers that the attack on reproductive rights will not be tolerated.

Sept. 29, 2021 • Arkansas

Planned Parenthood Great Plains returns to Northwest Arkansas

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) is proud to announce its return to Northwest Arkansas with a state-of-the-art and conveniently located health center in Rogers to enhance access to needed health care. PPGP’s expert and compassionate health care providers will offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services.

Sept. 10, 2021 • Arkansas

In The News

Gov. Kevin Stitt supports abortion restrictions on rape victims. Critics say he doesn’t understand the trauma those victims will face.

May 17, 2022 • StateImpact Oklahoma

Senate Bill 1503 and other restriction bills have no exemptions for Oklahomans who have been raped. Stitt says that is intentional, and that those victims should carry pregnancies to term, then connect with adoption services.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Oklahoma Legislature Passes 6-Week Abortion Ban Modeled on Texas Law

April 29, 2022 • The New York Times

The bill, which says civilians can sue doctors who perform the procedure, would close a door to women who had come to the state for abortions because of restrictive bans elsewhere.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Oklahoma's new abortion ban targets providers

April 18, 2022 • ABC News

Emily Wales, interim CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, reacts to the new abortion ban bill in Oklahoma.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

‘This Is Life Or Death For Some Patients.’ How I Help People Access Abortion Care

April 18, 2022 • Refinery 29

Angela Huntington’s phone has been ringing nonstop lately. The Missourian works at Planned Parenthood, and, this past September, stepped into a newly created role within the organization called a “patient navigator.”

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill to make performing an abortion illegal

April 11, 2022 • The Guardian

State house approves bill that would make performing an abortion a felony and punishable by 10 years in prison

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

What we know about an Oklahoma bill that would make performing an abortion a felony

April 6, 2022 • Oklahoman

Legislation that would ban nearly all abortions in Oklahoma is awaiting action from Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

A Conversation About The New Reality of Abortion Care

April 6, 2022 • Texas Signal

After the Oklahoma legislature passed a near-total abortion ban on Tuesday, the Signal spoke with Emily Wales, the Interim President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains. After Senate Bill 8 was signed by Greg Abbott in September, Oklahoma absorbed the largest number of Texans seeking abortion care. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Okla. lawmakers approve bill to make performing an abortion illegal

April 5, 2022 • Washington Post

The Oklahoma House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for a Republican bill that would make performing an abortion illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Doctors Who Care for Trans Kids Are Being Targeted, Protested, and Harassed

March 29, 2022 • VICE News

“Never did I think as a pediatrician that I was gonna be doing work that was controversial to this degree, to the degree that would garner personal threats.”

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains