Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin, New Study Reveals Impact of Post-Roe v. Wade Anti-abortion Measures on Women*
*not just women get pregnant
Time to play catch-up with some sweet summertime anti-choice legislation updates!
As some of y’all may know, I moved from one flyover red state to another – Missouri – a few years back (although I live in a bluish city that some folks might be able to focus their eyes on for a millisecond or two before resting on Chicago). You may also remember hearing about the Blunt Amendment on the news when the “War on Women” meme first got started and states were throwing anti-choice legislation around like so many japes in a George R.R. Martin book.
Anyway, the Missouri legislature passed their version of the thing in June. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny abortion and contraceptive coverage to their employees based on a conscience clause, which we all agreed was totally silly back when. Our fair governor looked like he might have wanted tolet it slide, but wound up vetoing it the other day. Yay!
So this wasn’t Oklahoma news, but do keep in mind that something’s always cooking in the bananastown that is your home state’s anti-choice state legislature.
Pearl keeps forgetting to buy a day planner.
The OK4RJ Care Hotline is excited to announce its first volunteer training session. Jen,Sandra, and I have retooled everything, so the new system will be more streamlined and easier to work with. We hope to have our soft launch by the end of summer, so we are training people starting now.
The OK4RJ Care Hotline was established as a resource for pregnant people in the state of Oklahoma. Too many of the other options were time-consuming, confusing, or gave biased, false information. The Care Hotline aims to be a safe space for any question involving pregnancy, parenting, abortion, or adoption, without any prejudice or preconceptions in our referrals. We feel like this is very necessary in today’s Oklahoma with the cuts to government health funding and the rise of Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
The Care Hotline works on a routed call system. Callers dial one number and the call is routed to the cell phone of an on-call volunteer. Volunteers then guide callers, using a series of scripts and worksheets to resources in the area. Inquiries that call for more information than the volunteer can provide are forwarded to case managers who will respond within 48 hours. The training provided to volunteers is very thorough, and we aim to help our volunteers feel confident on their calls. We also understand the pressure and stress taking some calls can bring, so OK4RJ has also placed on emphasis on self-care and monthly check-ins with our volunteers.
If you’re interested in coming to a one-time training session, we would love to have you. Our first session will be Sunday, July 24th from 4-7pm. We ask that anyone planning to attend please fill our the volunteer application form. We ask that all trainees have a laptop for this session, so if you don’t have one, just ask and we’ll find one for you to borrow!
Judie is a volunteer training coordinator and case manager for the hotline. She lobbies hard for pizza for every meeting. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Ohh haaayyy. While Mallory was cuttin up about bowl cuts I took my senior young kid vacay in the NW. I ate lots’o sea boogers, got a little lost, drank something calledHelliCorn, enjoyed super cool weather, and snarled at apathetic Portlanders who made fun of my accent. Basically like any other day.
Y’all know how we feel about outsiders comin in and tellin us how to run our business. It ain’t gonna happen. So when a Congressman from Arizona decided to introduce a 20 week abortion ban, in, um Washington D.C. folks were like ‘betch plz’. Since dude has appointed himself a D.C. legislator, he’s been dubbed “Mayor Franks” and is now beingbombarded with phone calls about the city itself. Like real problems (public transport, garbage issues, etc)-not ones made up in ‘Ol Fetus Franks brain. Protesting with sarcasm is just about my favorite thing ever, besides kazoos.
Would you wear a shirt that says fuck a naughty word on it? For political reasons? To advertise something? I would-depending on my mood.
Molly is eating seafood and drinking bougie coffee in Seattle, so you’re stuck with me. I’ll try to be funny. Lately it seems conservatives have taken their extreme agenda too far and people are pushing back. That trend continued this week.
An Oklahoma judge permanently blocked a law, which banned any off-label use of medications for abortion. Judge Donald Worthington’s ruling recognized bodily integrity and reproductive choice as fundamental rights under the Oklahoma state constitution for the first time.