The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, but the women of Oklahoma have already lost their rights

Overturning the Supreme Court’s decision Raw vs. Wade It is a devastating blow to the health and well-being of all women. today, There are 13 states with “trigger laws” on the books That comes into force immediately with the previous destruction decision in Dobbs vs Women’s Health Jackson.

Today’s decision is the first of its kind – never in our history has the Supreme Court struck down five decades of precedent to deny more than half the rights of all Americans.

It’s especially dangerous for women in Oklahoma, where our governor has fallen most recently Severe abortion restrictions in the country, banning abortion outright after fertilization, threatening doctors with 10 years in prison, and mandating citizens as bounty hunters in the old “sue your neighbour” model first enacted in Texas. With the stroke of a pen, Oklahoma, the state I represented in Congress, became the first state to actually overturn Raw vs. WadeEven before the Supreme Court ruling.

Banning abortion without exception puts women at risk. It’s government overreach, plain and simple, and it’s wrong. Women have the right to privacy. Women have the right to health care. Women’s rights are not something that can be stripped away.

Do we want to live in a country where government employees follow us into the bedroom, bathroom, doctor’s office, and every other aspect of our intimate lives? Should doctors be forced to let women die rather than save their lives from an ectopic pregnancy or any number of life-threatening complications? Should rape and incest victims be subjected to more victims by robbing them of their autonomy?

Oklahoma ranks as the fourth-deadliest state in the country when it comes to maternal and pregnant women deaths, and we have the fifth-worst child mortality rate according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But instead of pursuing solutions to improve health and safety, extremists have focused on the hyper-partisan approach that has become an unfortunate hallmark of our political system and threatens the fabric of our democracy.

A clear bipartisan majority from Oklahoma opposes the new ban on competing abortion at conception. Survey conducted in December – Before the Supreme Court’s draft decision was leaked and the Oklahoma law was signed – less than a third of the state showed support for an outright ban, with 78% of Democrats opposed, 55% of Independents, and even 40% of Republicans. A recent poll conducted in April showed that 56% of Oklahoma residents would vote against a candidate who supports these measures.

This is not democracy – this is what happens when extremists take over. Dobbs, The precedent of breaching the Supreme Court’s decisionAnd the Originated in Mississippi, one of the 13 trigger law states. If we continue to leave women behind in these states by allowing one side of the aisle to give up their rights and the other to give up their rights, the big decisions will continue as the rights of millions remain in the balance. We won’t stop the erosion of rights acquired over decades, or bypass government, just by sending out fundraising emails. The truth is that very few of these resources reach the places where they are needed most.

The extremists who put women’s lives at risk across the country must be stopped on the front lines, as war is being fought over women. As the first and only Democratic woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma and a candidate for the US Senate in this year’s special election, I couldn’t sit on the sidelines while extremists continue to erode our freedom.

We don’t have to accept extremism as a fact – we can invest in leaders who are committed to improving lives and protecting freedoms, rather than stripping them away. Marking elections in large parts of the country as hopeless and unwinnable allows extremists to gain more political power and encourages those in other countries to follow suit.

Now, more than ever, we must act. Doing nothing and letting women whose lives are at risk fend for themselves is cruel. Really caring about the lives of all women, everywhere, means stepping up to support women in Oklahoma and other ‘Action Act’ states.

Doing so will let women everywhere know that no matter where you live, we stand behind you. Doing nothing short of appearing in all the places where women get hurt means that some women’s lives are more valuable than others.

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