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Oklahoma HB 1441 and HB 1549 are unconstitutional

Feb. 14, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215 Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas – People wondering how reproductive rights would fare under the Trump administration got a sobering glimpse Tuesday when the Oklahoma House Public Health Committee passed two anti-choice bills, one of which would require a woman to get consent for an abortion from the man who got her pregnant.

“Anti-choice lawmakers are emboldened under Trump,” Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women Foundation, said after the hearings on HB 1441 and HB 1549. “The bills passed today send an alarming message to women that they are incapable of making decisions themselves. That the author of the bill requiring consent referred to women as ‘hosts’ is, quite frankly, unconscionable. It is not lost on women that Rep. Justin Humphrey’s bill currently has no provision to require men to help raise and pay for a baby.”

Trust Women plans to fight against the bill and other anti-choice legislation. HB 1441 and HB 1549 are unconstitutional.

HB 1549, also passed by the committee on a 5-2 vote, would ban doctors from performing an abortion solely due to a diagnosis of a fetal anomaly such as Down syndrome.

“Women and their families facing a fetal indication make heartbreaking decisions,” Burkhart said. “When a woman chooses to terminate a wanted pregnancy, she is doing so because she believes that is the best outcome. No one makes such a decision lightly. We know that from the women we serve at our clinics, 70 percent of whom are already mothers when they come to see us for abortion care.”

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.