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Lawsuit Filed to Block Oklahoma’s New Abortion Bans and Restrictions

The lawsuit challenges five extreme laws passed this year and scheduled to take effect November 1 

Sept. 2, 2021 • Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Announces New Leadership Roles

Jay Barth, Chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP), announced today that the organization has added Kourtney Vincent-Woodbury as the Vice President of People, Culture, and Equity, and Heather Rahhal Palacios as the Vice President of Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships. Barth also announced that Emily Wales has officially taken the helm as the Interim President and CEO following the departure of former President and CEO Brandon Hill, PhD

Aug. 3, 2021 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Federal Court Blocks Arkansas Abortion Ban

The Ban, a Direct Challenge to Roe v. Wade, Would Have Outlawed Abortion in Arkansas in Violation of Decades of Supreme Court Precedent

July 20, 2021 • Arkansas

Planned Parenthood Great Plains receives Oklahoma City Community Foundation grant

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) and its Access to Health Care iFund grant program. 

May 18, 2021 • Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains’ research examines COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on patient access to gender-affirming care

Planned Parenthood Great Plains recently released new research regarding patient volume across two periods — the six months prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the first six months of the onset — for gender-affirming care related visits.

March 31, 2021 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

In The News

Texans Are Now Traveling 7x Further Than Patients From Other States For Abortion Care

March 22, 2022 • Elle

New Planned Parenthood data provided exclusively to ELLE.com shows the ripple effects of Texas’ restrictive abortion ban.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Planned Parenthood sues Missouri, alleging state poised to unlawfully withhold funds

March 10, 2022 • The Kansas City Star

Planned Parenthood sued the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) on Thursday, alleging Gov. Mike Parson is only a day away from unlawfully defunding the organization.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Texans Are Fleeing the State in Droves to Get Abortions

Feb. 28, 2022 • Jezebel

New data from Planned Parenthood facilities surrounding Texas are illuminating the human toll of the state’s notorious six-week abortion ban, as pregnant people flee to surrounding states to access care.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Pediatricians Who Serve Trans Youth Face Increasing Harassment. Lifesaving Care Could Be on the Line

Feb. 22, 2022 • Time

Dr. Gina Sequeira first saw the protesters on a bright clear morning last September. A co-director of Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic who provides gender-affirming care to young people, Sequeira had confronted ignorance about her medical specialty in the past. But nothing had prepared her to see people outside her office, waving signs and handing out flyers warning of the “dangers” of the work she does.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Oklahoma Considers Database For Pregnant People As Roe Hangs In The Balance

Feb. 10, 2022 • Huffpost

The Oklahoma Legislature started its 2022 session this week with a slew of anti-abortion bills, which isn’t uncommon. “This is my 12th year in the legislature now, and it feels like every year we go through this,” said Oklahoma House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D).

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Column: It isn't too late to protect access to choice

Jan. 30, 2022 • Tulsa World

We are only weeks into 2022, and it’s likely this year could mark the end of a fundamental right we’ve held for nearly 50 years. Like a vise, the tenets around reproductive freedom in our country have been tightening.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

What A Supreme Court Rejection Of Roe V. Wade Would Mean For Oklahoma

Jan. 22, 2022 • News on 6

Saturday marked the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights. On its anniversary, Roe is back in the Supreme Court facing its most significant challenge in decades. Interim President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Emily Wales says there's a serious possibility Roe v. Wade could be overturned or altered as early as this summer.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Inside An Oklahoma City Abortion Clinic

Dec. 16, 2021 • The New Yorker

At 5:45 p.m. on a recent Thursday, Dr. Iman Alsaden, the thirty-four-year-old medical director of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (P.P.G.P.), was hunched over a laptop at a long white table in an area that staffers simply call “the back.” Eight reclining chairs separated by privacy curtains were filled with gowned patients; Alsaden was reviewing the ultrasounds and charts of those who had requested a medication abortion, to confirm that they were good candidates for it.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Ben Shapiro and His Sister Are Secret Boomers

Dec. 14, 2021 • The Daily Beast

Molly Jong-Fast and Andy Levy discuss a Shapiro conspiracy theory, and the right-wingers headed to CNN Plus. Then, abortion providers detail what’s happening to patients in Texas.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains