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Advocates Take to the Capitol to Oppose Anti-Reproductive and Anti-Transgender Rights Bills

Today, as lawmakers considered two anti-trans bills – SB 180 and SB 2238 – advocates for reproductive freedom and LGBTQ+ rights brought the fight for Kansans’ futures to the state capitol. Dozens of people from across the state participated in Kansans for Bodily Autonomy Advocacy Day, raising the alarm on these renewed attacks on abortion, gender-affirming care, and gender equity. The event was organized by ACLU of Kansas, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, Trust Women, URGE Kansas, and Vote Neigh.

March 7, 2023 • Kansas

Oklahoma House Passes Ban on Gender-Affirming Care and Targets Insurance Coverage and Funding, Effectively Ending Care for Trans Youth and Adults

Freedom Oklahoma, ACLU of Oklahoma, and Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Call on Legislature to End Attack on Best Practice Medical Care for Transgender Oklahomans.

Feb. 28, 2023 • Oklahoma

Kansas Senate Advances Bills Attacking Reproductive and Trans Rights; Expands Taxpayer Funds for Deceptive Anti-Abortion Centers

Despite a resounding win for abortion rights last August and continued cries to protect bodily autonomy, Kansas legislators this week passed several bills out of the Senate that attack a person’s ability to make their own health care decisions, free from government interference. Additionally, lawmakers have prioritized expanding critical taxpayer funds for deceptive anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), none of which are licensed or regulated by the Kansas Department of Health.

Feb. 24, 2023 • Kansas

Oklahoma Senate Advances Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Minors, Denying Best Practice Medical Care for Transgender Youth

Today, Freedom Oklahoma, ACLU of Oklahoma, and Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes call upon the Oklahoma Legislature to stop the advancement of SB 613, a direct attack on transgender youth in Oklahoma. SB 613 would ban best practice medical care for transgender Oklahomans under 18, while threatening medical providers with criminalization, civil action, and license penalties, effectively ending live-saving, gender-affirming care for transgender youth across Oklahoma. This is part of the wave of anti-trans legislation being introduced in state legislatures across the country.

Feb. 15, 2023 • Oklahoma

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