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Citizen lobbying guide

Updated for the 53rd Legislature (2011-2012)

Tips for lobbying legislators

  • Always be polite, even if you don¡¦t feel like it! The ones we¡¦re focusing on have occasionally voted pro-choice, so don''t alienate them or their executive assistants.
  • If the legislator is not available, speak with the executive asst.
  • Introduce yourself --- name, where you¡¦re from, with ÓCRJ
  • Explain why you¡¦re there --- to oppose [bill number]/li>
  • Give your reasons for opposing it.
  • Review your talking points beforehand, and stick to them; don't let arguments distract you.

Friendly Senators

  • Tom Adelson
  • Roger Ballenger
  • Judy Eason McIntyre
  • Connie Johnson
  • Richard Lerblance
  • John Sparks
  • Jim Wilson

Friendly Representatives

  • Emily Virgin
  • Anastasia Pittman

Take action against SB 1433, "Personhood Act"

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OCRJ is pushing back against the bill moving through the Oklahoma legislature that will establish "personhood" as at the moment of conception. This is similar to voter initiatives that have been defeated in Colorado (twice) and Mississippi. But this has not deterred the extreme rightwing Oklahoma lawmakers from attempting to insert themselves into our most intimate personal and family decisions. Please join us this week in fighting back. Call legislators (see attached lobby sheet), tell your friends, and, if you possibly can, join us at the Capitol to lobby against this horrible bill. Here is the info sent out last night by OCRJ president Martha Skeeters.
Dear Supporter of Reproductive Justice, It is urgent that we take a stand against SB 1433, the personhood bill. Come to the Capitol on Thursday to register your opposition. Wear pink. Come at 9 am to visit with legislators or their executive assistants. Consult with an ocrj rep on the north side of the 4th floor rotunda. At 9:30 (or whenever the Senate actually convenes) we will hold a silent protest in the Senate gallery. No signs or noise are allowed. This is a very strict rule. There is no certainty on the timing of a vote on SB 1433, but we will make a strong statement by our presence. We may hold a press conference at some point -- watch the ocrj facebook page for developments. Also lobby your senator and others by e-mail. Find your own senator. Send a message to any or all senators. These links are active on the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice facebook page. Let's stand together for all women in Oklahoma, Martha Martha Skeeters, Ph.D. President Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice P.O. Box 722394 Norman, OK 73070
Attached on this page are 1. Text of bill 2. Lobbying tips 3. Arguments against bill (to inform yourself AND your legislator)

Legislation and Advocacy

Bill tracking, lobby guides and other resources for political advocacy dealing with reproductive justice legislation and policy in Oklahoma and DC.

Note: The Oklahoma legislature is biennial, thus each legislature meets in two sessions over two years.

Legislation we oppose

53rd Legislature (2011-2012)

2012 Legislative Scorecard

The OCRJ Legislative Scorecard shows the voting record of legislators who authored or co-authored bills in 2011-2012 that restricted or prohibited women's reproductive rights. The names are limited to legislators who have opponents in the primary or general election. We have also provided the legislators' district numbers.

The bills generally focus on intimidating physicians and other medical personnel, abortion clinics themselves, and pregnant women. The bills also make it more difficult for men and women to have full choices in all areas of their family planning from contraception to restricting options surrounding the general health of the women. Many of the bills would prohibit invitro fertilization as we know it today.

There is also a short description of each bill at the bottom of the scorecard. One state legislator is now running for the U.S. Congress and is included.

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52nd Legislature (2010)

Abortion-related Legislation by the Oklahoma Legislature 2010

    •    Senate Bill 1890 prohibits abortions based on the sex of the child. Takes effect immediately.



    •    House Bill 3284 requires doctors and women seeking abortions to fill out a questionnaire. Takes effect in 2012.



    •    House Bill 2780 mandates that a woman must have an ultrasound at least one hour before getting an abortion. Currently being challenged in Oklahoma County District Court.


    •    Senate Bill 1902 regulates the use of RU-486, a combination of drugs taken to induce abortion. Takes effect immediately.



    •    House Bill 2656 protects physicians from lawsuits if they did not tell a woman information that might have otherwise caused her to consider ending her pregnancy. Takes effect immediately.


    •    House Bill 3075 requires abortion providers to post signs that say a woman cannot be forced to have an abortion. Takes effect immediately.



    •    Senate Bill 1891 protects health care professionals who choose not to participate in abortion or procedures involving embryos, fetal transplants and euthanasia. Takes effect immediately.


    •    House Bill 3290 prohibits insurance providers from providing coverage for elective abortions. Vetoed by the governor.

 


JULIE BISBEE, Capitol Bureau


Read more: http://newsok.com/new-abortion-laws-draw-fans-foes-in-oklahoma/article/3...
 

OCRJ 2012 Candidate Endorsements

On July 8th OCRJ mailed surveys to all the current candidates for the Oklahoma state legislature and candidates for Congress. The candidates who responded to the questions affirming support for reproductive justice have met the requirements for an OCRJ endorsement. The list below provides the candidates' names, photos, brief biographies, and links to their websites and/or Facebook pages.

We are pleased to endorse these candidates and may be updating this page with additional candidates as their responses are processed.

Other candidates of interest:

 

Donna Bebo

Donna Bebo

US Congress District 4

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Stephen Covert

Stephen Covert

OK House District 101

Democrat
 

Bio

Campaign Website

 

Kay Floyd

Kay Floyd

OK House District 88

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Claudia Griffith

Claudia Griffith

OK House District 15

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Tom Guild

Tom Guild

US Congress District 5

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Julie Hall

Julie Hall

OK Senate District 39

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Jeannie McDaniel

Jeannie McDaniel

OK House District 78

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Kendra Menz-Kimble

Kendra Menz-Kimble

OK House District 60

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Tim Murray

Tim Murray

US Congress District 3

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

David Phillips

David Phillips

OK House District 66

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Leon Pivinski

Leon Pivinski

OK House District 47

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Nick Singer

Nick Singer

OK House District 87

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Steven Vines

Steven Vines

OK House District 42

Democrat

Bio

Campaign Website

Facebook Page

Emily Virgin

Emily Virgin

OK House District 44

Democrat

Facebook Page

Other candidates of interest (not endorsed by OCRJ):

Paula Roberts

OK House District 42

Democrat

Paula Roberts, OK House District 45

Democrat

Campaign Website

Facebook

Overview of Oklahoma anti-choice legislation since 2004

It's no secret that Oklahoma's state legislators have introduced an ever-increasing number of bills each session designed to limit or abolish entirely our rights to safe and legal abortion. Many of these were passed by the House and Senate and signed by the governor into law. A notable few have been subsequently struck down in the courts as unconstitutional.

But you may be surprised at just how many there have been in the past few years. To help enable you to have well-informed discussions with your legislators and others, we put together a spreadsheet outlining those bills from 2004-2012, and their status. Sources identifying these bills include OCRJ members, House Speaker Kris Steele, Senate Pro-Tem Brian Bingman, as well as others.

The short description of each bill is not intended to be comprehensive but individual bills in their entirety can be found through the legislature's bill tracking site.

(Note when entering a bill number at the site, do not include a space between the letters and numbers; e.g., SB1433, HB1561. Be sure to input the correct session year, as bill numbers are repeated each session.)