Oklahoma Republican Lawmakers Advanced Dangerous Bills That Could Ban IUDs and Other Contraceptives, Create a Statewide Database of Women Who Have Received an Abortion

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New Oklahoma bills are some of the most extreme anti-abortion bills ever to be advanced out of a committee

WASHINGTON — Last week, Republican Oklahoma lawmakers advanced two of the most extreme anti-choice bills ever to be introduced at the state level.

Both of these bills passed out of committees by similar 5-1 votes. Oklahoma already has one of the strictest abortion laws in the country, yet Oklahoma Republicans keep on pushing for new laws to control a woman’s body. 

A reminder: Republican attacks on reproductive rights and freedoms in one state often spread across the country quickly.

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee National Press Secretary Sam Paisley issued the following statement:

“In a country full of Republican legislators trying to outright ban abortion, these Oklahoma bills are particularly concerning and reprehensible. Banning IUDs and other forms of contraceptives, equating the abortion pill with drug trafficking, and creating a statewide database of women who have received abortions are the latest in a series of extreme proposals we are seeing play out across the country. These proposals show once again that Republicans aren’t slowing down with their attacks on women and reproductive rights. These egregious bills might be proposed and debated in Oklahoma right now but they could happen anywhere next. From blue states to purple states to red states, we must elect more Democrats who will protect reproductive rights and family planning for every American. Our fundamental freedoms rely on it.”

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