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In First General Elections Since Fall of Roe V. Wade, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Celebrates Re-election of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Candidates Across Four States who will Protect Reproductive Rights

In a victory for reproductive rights in the first general elections after the overruling of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes (PPGPV) is celebrating midterm candidates from executive to state and local offices endorsed by the organization across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. In a major win in Kansas – just months after the state overwhelmingly voted to protect abortion rights – voters turned out to further preserve access by re-electing Governor Laura Kelly and rejecting anti-abortion politician Derek Schmidt.

Nov. 9, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes endorses 90 candidates in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma ahead of midterm elections

Today, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes (PPGP Votes) PAC announced a slate of candidates including long-time public servants and rising stars committed to improving the health of their constituents across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Oct. 13, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

In Final Debate, Gov. Laura Kelly Reaffirms Abortion Rights in Kansas, Opponent Derek Schmidt Runs from of Out-of-Step Record

Today, in the final gubernatorial debate this election season, Gov. Laura Kelly reaffirmed that she shares Kansans’ values in supporting reproductive freedom. In the debate, Gov. Kelly said, “A woman's right to make private medical decisions should be made between her, her family and her doctor … Women should have bodily autonomy equal to that of men.” 

Oct. 5, 2022 • Kansas

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes PAC Launches Six-Figure Digital Ad Campaign in Kansas Highlighting Derek Schmidt’s Extremism on Abortion

Today, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes PAC announced the release of "Contrast" part of a six-figure digital ad campaign focused on the race for Kansas governor. The 30-second ad highlights the stark contrast between anti-abortion rights candidate Derek Schmidt and reproductive freedom champion Gov. Laura Kelly.

Oct. 4, 2022 • Kansas

Statement from PPGPV CEO Emily Wales on Proposed National Abortion Ban

Today, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a nationwide abortion ban, making crystal clear that banning abortion in all 50 states is a top priority for a Republican Congress. The proposal underscores the high stakes in November’s elections. Right now, 16 states have abortion bans in effect — leaving one in three American women without control over their own bodies. Under a national abortion ban, pregnant people in remaining access states would lose their rights as well.

Sept. 13, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Kansas voters protect abortion access by rejecting constitutional amendment

Tonight, in a definitive statement of support for reproductive freedom in the state, Kansas voters rejected a ballot measure that would have eliminated any right to abortion in the state’s constitution and opened the door to dangerous abortion bans. The vote, which comes just over a month after the U.S. Supreme Court revoked federal abortion rights, demonstrates once again that voters across the country do not want politicians interfering in their health care decisions. 

Aug. 3, 2022 • Kansas

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Launches Nearly Six-Figure Ad Campaign to Mobilize Oklahomans Against Anti-Abortion Laws

Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) has launched a nearly six-figure digital video ad campaign in response to Oklahoma Governor Stitt signing away Oklahomans’ access to abortion as he cavalierly joked about arresting patients seeking essential health care. With this ad campaign, Action Fund is alerting Oklahomans – and all patients in the region who have depended on care in Oklahoma – of their lawmakers’ continued pursuit of legislation that will eliminate fundamental freedoms.

April 25, 2022 • Oklahoma

Breaking: Oklahoma Governor Signs Total Abortion Ban, Setting Stage for Loss of Access in the Region

If allowed to take effect this summer, S.B. 612 will completely ban abortion in Oklahoma.

April 12, 2022 • Oklahoma

Second Total Abortion Ban — This Time With Private Enforcement Mechanism — Clears Final Committee In Oklahoma

H.B. 4327 moves to the full Senate for final approval and would ban all abortion immediately if signed into law.

April 11, 2022 • Oklahoma