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Unconstitutional Measures Get Closer To OK Governor’s Desk

WICHITA, KS —  Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives Public Health Committee passed three anti-abortion measures that will significantly hinder access to safe and reliable health care for Oklahomans.

  • SB 612 - limits the use of abortions solely to when the life of the pregnant person is in danger in a medical emergency. Anyone providing abortion care is subject to a fine of up to $100,000 and can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.
  • SB 779 - legislates the types of treatments for abortion services that can be provided to patients by significantly increasing government regulations on pharmaceutical drugs.
  • HB 2441 - requires testing for detection of cardiac activity prior to commencing an abortion procedure, which is also known as a personhood measure. Makes any doctor who proceeds with an abortion after detecting activity to be subject to homicide charges in criminal court.

“Whether or not a pregnant person seeks an abortion is between themselves and their medical providers. This is a personal decision, not one to be made by the government. These measures devalue individual freedom, liberty and the right to privacy. These measures, should they be signed into law, will be challenged in court. I’m confident they will be swifty stuck down as unconstitutional,” said Julie Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women, and Oklahoma City’s only surgical abortion provider.

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About Trust Women

Trust Women is a health and reproductive rights organization that opens clinics in underserved areas to provide access to reproductive health care for all women. Founded in the wake of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, Trust Women educates, engages and mobilizes constituents in states hostile to abortion rights.

Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women, is a former advisor to Dr. Tiller and has led the fight for choice in legislatures, courtrooms, and at the frontlines of reproductive justice for three decades.

In 2013 Trust Women opened its flagship clinic in Wichita, returning abortion services to the people of South Central Kansas and beyond, and in 2016 opened the second Trust Women clinic in Oklahoma City, expanding abortion access in the country’s largest metropolitan area without an abortion provider. For more information, visit: TrustWomen.org.