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Planned Parenthood Sues Gov. Parson for Unlawful Defunding, Launches Petition Urging Biden Administration to Act

Today, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLRSWMO) filed a lawsuit in state court against the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) for refusing to reimburse care provided to Missouri patients through the Medicaid program. The DSS decision takes effect at the end of day Friday, March 11.

March 10, 2022 • Missouri

Planned Parenthood Great Plains on Missouri “Defunding” its Health Centers from Medicaid Program, Blocking Access to Life-Saving Care

Hours after passing the state legislature, Governor Mike Parson signed a supplemental budget bill that included language to “defund” Planned Parenthood from participating in Missouri’s Medicaid program, which encompasses Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) health centers in Columbia, Kansas City, Independence, and Gladstone.

Feb. 24, 2022 • Missouri

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Reopens New, Permanent Health Center in Edmond; Increases Access to Family Planning Services

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) announced the reopening of its Edmond Health Center in a new, permanent location – 1601 South Boulevard. The health center started taking telehealth appointments last month, and now patients can receive in-person care for family planning, reproductive and sexual health, and primary care needs.

Feb. 7, 2022 • Oklahoma

On 49th Anniversary of Roe, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Warns of Immediate Threats to Abortion Access in the Midwest

On the eve of the anniversary of the historic United States Supreme Court decision Roe vs Wade, the Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) four-state region – Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and western Missouri – faces continued attacks on access to care, severely restricting a patient’s reproductive freedom. 

Jan. 21, 2022 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Interim CEO Reacts to Supreme Court Allowing Restrictive Texas Abortion Law to Remain in Place

Today, in the wake of The Supreme Court ruling that Texas’ SB-8 — a near-total ban on abortions — can remain in place, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) Interim CEO Emily Wales reacted to the court’s continued blocking of access to care for thousands of patients: 

Dec. 10, 2021 • Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks New Abortion Restrictions

Three new abortion restrictions set to take effect November 1 have been blocked.

Oct. 25, 2021 • Oklahoma

Court Refuses to Block New Abortion Restrictions in Oklahoma

Today, a state court judge in Oklahoma ruled from the bench and denied in part a request for a temporary injunction against several extreme abortion restrictions that will decimate access to abortion across the state and region. The laws — which were all challenged as part of the same lawsuit — are scheduled to take effect on November 1. The plaintiffs will now be seeking emergency relief from the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an attempt to block the remaining restrictions before they can take effect.

Oct. 4, 2021 • Oklahoma

In re: Reproductive freedom marches planned in five Arkansas cities

Thousands will gather Saturday, Oct. 2, in five cities across Arkansas for the March for Reproductive Freedom in response to the Texas anti-abortion law and to send a clear, unified message to the Supreme Court and state lawmakers that the attack on reproductive rights will not be tolerated.

Sept. 29, 2021 • Arkansas

Planned Parenthood Great Plains returns to Northwest Arkansas

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) is proud to announce its return to Northwest Arkansas with a state-of-the-art and conveniently located health center in Rogers to enhance access to needed health care. PPGP’s expert and compassionate health care providers will offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services.

Sept. 10, 2021 • Arkansas

In The News

Texans Are Now Traveling 7x Further Than Patients From Other States For Abortion Care

March 22, 2022 • Elle

New Planned Parenthood data provided exclusively to ELLE.com shows the ripple effects of Texas’ restrictive abortion ban.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Planned Parenthood sues Missouri, alleging state poised to unlawfully withhold funds

March 10, 2022 • The Kansas City Star

Planned Parenthood sued the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) on Thursday, alleging Gov. Mike Parson is only a day away from unlawfully defunding the organization.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Texans Are Fleeing the State in Droves to Get Abortions

Feb. 28, 2022 • Jezebel

New data from Planned Parenthood facilities surrounding Texas are illuminating the human toll of the state’s notorious six-week abortion ban, as pregnant people flee to surrounding states to access care.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Pediatricians Who Serve Trans Youth Face Increasing Harassment. Lifesaving Care Could Be on the Line

Feb. 22, 2022 • Time

Dr. Gina Sequeira first saw the protesters on a bright clear morning last September. A co-director of Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic who provides gender-affirming care to young people, Sequeira had confronted ignorance about her medical specialty in the past. But nothing had prepared her to see people outside her office, waving signs and handing out flyers warning of the “dangers” of the work she does.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Oklahoma Considers Database For Pregnant People As Roe Hangs In The Balance

Feb. 10, 2022 • Huffpost

The Oklahoma Legislature started its 2022 session this week with a slew of anti-abortion bills, which isn’t uncommon. “This is my 12th year in the legislature now, and it feels like every year we go through this,” said Oklahoma House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D).

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Column: It isn't too late to protect access to choice

Jan. 30, 2022 • Tulsa World

We are only weeks into 2022, and it’s likely this year could mark the end of a fundamental right we’ve held for nearly 50 years. Like a vise, the tenets around reproductive freedom in our country have been tightening.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

What A Supreme Court Rejection Of Roe V. Wade Would Mean For Oklahoma

Jan. 22, 2022 • News on 6

Saturday marked the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights. On its anniversary, Roe is back in the Supreme Court facing its most significant challenge in decades. Interim President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Emily Wales says there's a serious possibility Roe v. Wade could be overturned or altered as early as this summer.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Inside An Oklahoma City Abortion Clinic

Dec. 16, 2021 • The New Yorker

At 5:45 p.m. on a recent Thursday, Dr. Iman Alsaden, the thirty-four-year-old medical director of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (P.P.G.P.), was hunched over a laptop at a long white table in an area that staffers simply call “the back.” Eight reclining chairs separated by privacy curtains were filled with gowned patients; Alsaden was reviewing the ultrasounds and charts of those who had requested a medication abortion, to confirm that they were good candidates for it.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Ben Shapiro and His Sister Are Secret Boomers

Dec. 14, 2021 • The Daily Beast

Molly Jong-Fast and Andy Levy discuss a Shapiro conspiracy theory, and the right-wingers headed to CNN Plus. Then, abortion providers detail what’s happening to patients in Texas.

Posted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains