Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice

Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ) consists of a group of young Okies dedicated to caring and advocating for Oklahomans, using community and grassroots approaches to raise awareness and advocate for access to full reproductive freedom for all, regardless of race, class, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We believe that social justice issues are inseparable from reproductive issues and advocate for a holistic view of reproductive justice Visit our site at ok4rj.org
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How can I let this week go by without reference to some sort of binder? Were any of y’all cringing as MittsRomsComs tried to explain how he loves teh wimmins the other night. Dear lard above! I’ll tell you who wan’t cringing, his son..well, one of his sons. Josh, orTagalong, or Tissue, or Hunger- who the hell knows. Check out his face tho. 

Okay well we all know that providing things like condoms, birth control, or vaccines don’t make people wanna run out and hunch everything in town. Well apparently someone DID NOT know that so they spent a gazillion dollars researching if you give a young person the HPV vaccine, do they slut it up? The answer was no but WHY DO YOU CARE?

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from the article:

Planned Parenthood said the new rules will force 48,000 women to look for health care elsewhere.

"Once and for all, we implore Texas to put politics aside and put women’s health first," said Kenneth Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. “It is shocking that state officials would rather end low-income women’s access to family planning and preventive health services altogether than allow Planned Parenthood to provide these vital health services.”

Y’all might remember us mentioning a couple weeks back about Oklahoma’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program breaking up with Planned Parenthood clinics statewide. We can only assume that cutting down on access to things that people literally need to survive was done for the greater good of Oklahomans! Because adhering to far-right extremism in order to gain two ounces of political standing benefits everyone! But look, all those other well-staffed, highly-competent, and community-minded local clinics that are open regularly on weekends are JUST WAITING to step up to fill the needs of Tulsa County’s not-decreasing population of low-income pregnant people, recently pregnant people, and children under the age of 5.

oh was that today we were supposed to help people stay alive? omg dang we forgot

Except those clinics don’t exist. And now lots and lots of people’s lives are looking less and less manageable.

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You know when you do a food-preservation marathon and then realize you don’t have any food leftover to, you know, eat? Yeah, I just had some almonds and tortilla chips for dinner with a side of pickled okra. NB: I am not disparaging pickled okra, although I will say that fried is better. Fight me about it. And to go with the overwhelming amount of mixed vegetables smooshed into my freezer right now? An incredibly voluminous mixed bag of stories. The way is treacherous this week, folks. You might pull out a nice little bag of frozen pesto cubes (useful and satisfying), blanched zucchini (boring but practical), or you might find a pile of old Dixie cups filled with ice* tumbling onto your head from the back of the freezer (crude reminders of pain and trauma). And by treacherous, I mean I will be adding very clear trigger warnings when necessary! Shall we?

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From the Arizona Daily Star:

In court filings, the Department of Justice is telling U.S. District Judge Neil Wake a law approved earlier this year aimed at cutting off all government funds to Planned Parenthood - even for non-abortion services - violates federal laws. Assistant Attorney General Joseph Mead said those laws clearly allow Medicaid recipients who would be affected to choose to get care from any qualified provider.

He said the state statute would essentially render half a dozen Medicaid regulations “meaningless.”

The law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer establishes an order for dividing up public funds for family planning, which includes the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program, which is funded two-thirds with federal money and a third with state tax dollars.

Lots of silly quotes and non-logic in this article. Follow the link above for more!


RH Reality Check Texas reporter Andrea Grimes searches, in vain, for a pap smear among the providers the state of Texas says should be available to provide one. Watch and listen and read the rest of our reporting on the Texas Women’s Health Program here.

from rhrealitycheck.org -

Federal district court judge Lee Yeakel agreed and blocked the rule from going into effect. But the Fifth Circuit did not and in lifting the injunction blocking the rule, held that Texas has broad authority to regulate its state health program and as part of that regulation can include discriminate against entities the court said promoted a “pro-abortion point of view.”


Where: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

When: August 24-26

This is for people (non students included!) between the ages of 18-24. Unfortunately, it has a $50 fee, but if you can afford it, it should be an amazing experience. You’ll get to network with young advocates across the Midwest and learn about the women’s rights issues.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/402224866481000/


Don’t live in the Midwest? No need to worry! It’s happening all over the country, including two out east (Durham, NH and Albany, NY). The list of other conferences can be found here:http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab1.aspx?EventID=1099445

signal boost!


I’d like to describe Andrea Grimes and this post by using one of her favorite words: BALLER.

RH Reality Check set out to test the WHP’s non-Planned Parenthood provider listings over the past week and found that while initial searches of TexasWomensHealth.org turn up what appear to be hundreds of available providers, many of them don’t provide any kind of contraceptive care, don’t take Medicaid Women’s Health Program clients, or are simply misleading duplicate listings.

In Austin, for example, many WHP clients visit the Downtown Austin Clinic for contraceptives and cancer screenings. What if a resident of the 78702 zip code who formerly relied on Planned Parenthood had to suddenly find a new doctor?

We searched for providers within 30 miles of 78702, which turned up 137 doctors and clinics — initially, a very promising number. But once we weeded out the duplicates, we were left with just 49 individual providers, including those like the Austin Endoscopy Center. When we called to try to make a gynecological appointment there, we were understandably turned down: “This is a colon cancer center,” the operator told us. No women’s health care there.

Several times, locations listed on the Texas WHP website weren’t taking new Medicaid clients, were only taking those within a limited age range, or simply did not accept Medicaid Women’s Health Program patients. The People’s Community Clinic, which serves low-income and uninsured clients, told us they were only taking adolescents or pregnant women—and pregnant women are, by definition, excluded from the WHP.

The Austin Regional Clinic, which has several locations in Austin, looked promising until we were told, repeatedly, that they don’t accept Medicaid WHP clients—neither does the similarly situated Austin Diagnostic Clinic. 

Ultimately, we were able to find nine providers within a 30-mile radius of our selected zip code that accepted the WHP and were taking new patients—some could see a patient for an annual exam as soon as the following day. Provided, of course, that clients are able to travel. The Lone Star Circle Of Care, which also focuses on under-served populations, had appointments in neighboring cities.

But for a WHP enrollee who may not have a car or who can’t afford to take a day or a half-day off from work, it may be a matter of having to make the difficult decision of choosing between several hours’ worth of pay—which could mean making rent or buying baby formula—or getting her annual exam.

And if Planned Parenthood is excluded from the WHP in Texas, there’s a good chance that WHP patients wouldn’t have the good luck we had in finding nine available providers if, as a George Washington University study predicts, existing providers simply will not be able to fill in the gaps left by Planned Parenthood.

[NB: More people than just cis women are affected by these draconian changes to the WHP.]