Friday, April 30, 2010

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

According to a hearing has been scheduled on Monday for a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights that may block the enforcement of the ultrasound law until litigation is over.

Not suprisingly, clinics are reporting that the ultrasound has no affect on the choice women make to have an abortion, it just makes it a traumatic experience for them.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

HB 2656 and HB 2780 overruled

Well, its true. We were one vote shy of sustaining the governor's veto of HB 2656 and HB 2780. Outstanding debates from Senators Adelson, Rice, Wilson, Leftwich, McIntyre, Lerblance, and Connie Johnson. Also voting with us were Ballenger, Crutchfield, Sparks, Sweeden, and Wyrick.

I have to say, these folks really have a grasp reproductive health issues and we thank them for their brave stance against these horrible bills...

Governor Henry...thank you for your veto...

It's been a tough day for reproductive rights in sure to thank Rep. Lisa Billy, author of HB 2780 and Rep. Daniel Sullivan, author of HB 2656 for their intrusion of our private lives.

Might as well email them when you have an annual exam too.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The count down begins...

How long will it take before the Oklahoma Senate adds a veto attempt of HB 2656 (wrongful life) and HB 2780 (ultrasound) to the calendar? The session starts at 1:30 p.m. today and you can bet attempt number one will be at 1:31 p.m.!

Contact your senator today and ask him/her to uphold Governor Henry's veto of HB 2656 and HB 2780! Click here for more information about your senator.

Please call or email today, tomorrow and all week!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Governor Henry Vetoes HB 2656 and HB 2780

Call Governor Henry today and thank him for his veto of these bad bills!

The challenge is on to find enough votes to sustain the vetoes.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Yesterday, the Oklahoma Senate passed five onerous pieces of legislation. Four of which are extreme:

HB 2656 limits damages for wrongful life and birth actions which allows doctors to lie to patients about the status of the fetus if the physician belives you'll terminate. Also you can't sue the doc.

HB 2780 requires an ultrasound one hour before an abortion procedure with what ever type of ultrasound would give the clearest view while the provider tells the patient what he is viewing on the screen (vetoed in 2008);

HB 3284 which creates a reporting website (duplicate site) filled with private information about why a woman chose to terminate a pregnancy (vetoed in 2008); and

HB 3290 which regulates the use of RU-486 (the abortion pill) and was also amended to include a ban on insurance abortion coverage in Oklahoma. (similar to 2007's law)

Pro-choice or middle of the road alike, these are terrible bills and need to be stopped. Please contact Governor Henry today and ask him to veto these bills AGAIN!!!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Blow for Nebraska

Our deepest sympathies go out to Nebraskan women, reproductive rights supporters, and especially Dr. Carhart. The Nebraskan legislature passed LB1103, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Act" virtually banning all abortion in Nebraska past 20 weeks.

This isn't just a blow for Nebraska women, but women all over the United States that seek late term abortion from one of the few providers left in the U.S. You can bet this law will be challenged in court.

The link above to an article written by Dr. Julie Burkhart explains how you can get involved.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Case in Point

An SMU law graduate in Dallas was arrested this morning after trying to put a restraining order on police. Why? Because he didn't want them to try to hurt him when he walked into into the Southwestern Women's Surgery Center and had to hurt others to "save innocent lives." Good thing this guy was too delusional to keep his plans secret. We can only hope that other anti-choicers seeking to terrorize clinics will have that level of hubris so they're caught.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Conviction in Conviction

Scott Roeder, murderer of Dr. George Tiller, has been sentenced to the maximum 50 years without the possibility of parole. Roeder is 52 years old, so that’s pretty much it for him in terms of seeing the light of day as a free man. Justice is on our side for a change.

Roeder ranted and raved through some of the proceedings, and was led screaming from the court room. A Huffington Post article I found about the story mentioned something that I found pretty interesting concerning Roeder’s (ex, why am I not surprised) family:

{“Roeder's ex-wife said the outbursts were characteristic of the man she knew. Lindsey Roeder said she and their son, Nicholas, were relieved by the sentence.

"I think it will be a lot easier to put it behind us than it will be for the Tiller family," she said. "Their pain will continue long after ours has subsided." }

It’s quite telling that the most zealous of anti-choice activists, who supposedly cares so much for the “lives” of embryos and fetuses, potential children in their eyes, will think nothing of the suffering that they will cause their own living, breathing, perfectly personifiable children and families by their actions. It’s all about them, their ability to control others, and their self-inflicted martyrdom.

It is important to emphasize that Roeder is not a sane man in a world gone mad, as those that testified for him and many hard line anti-choicers paint him as. He is insane. He ruined his marriage and his relationship with his son persuing demons and strawmen that do not in fact exist in reality, but in his head and the heads of his ilk. Unfortunately, Dr. Tiller, through no fault of his own, was chosen to be one of those demons. This kind of behavior isn't restricted to anti-choice circles either, but runs throughout society (Solanas and Warhol, for example). Any divisive issue breeds this.

It is the hope of many that Roeder's conviction will deter zealous anti-choicers from this kind of violent behavior, but I fear it will only drive them further. Indeed I'm sure Roeder is sitting in his cell at this moment feeling quite the martyr. I can only hope along with the Tiller family that he not be allowed to, "foment hatred from his prison cell."