SB 197 and SB 694 COULD KILL OKLAHOMA CHILDREN February 23, 2017  •  11:00 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2017
Contact: Troy Stevenson
Executive Director – Freedom Oklahoma
troy@freedomoklahoma.org | (405) 802-8229

SB 197 and SB 694 COULD KILL OKLAHOMA CHILDREN

Oklahoma City – In rural Oklahoma there are often few if any medical providers within range of lifesaving care, and yet Senator Silk and Senator Brecheen want some of them to be able to turn away those in crisis – including children because they have a single parent, or are from a mixed race or LGBTQ family. (See Washington Post Article Attached)

We want to make it clear that we have spoke to rural medical providers – some of which are willing to speak to the press –  and the VAST majority will serve anyone who needs medial attention, however it is currently legal in most parts of Oklahoma to turn patients away because of the medical providers bias. And not only would SB 197 protect their right to do so, SB 694 would strip away the few municipal protections that do exist.  They open the door to potential life threatening consequences from the few doctors who hold bias in their heart, and share the discriminatory agenda of Senator’s Silk and Brecheen.

A major irony in this being that parents have been charged with First Degree Murder for not seeking medical care for their children and yer Senators Silk and Brecheen would deny that care to kids because their parents marriage or lack there of may offend the conscience of a medical provider. (See NBC article attached)

Do Oklahomans think Senators Silk and Brecheen should be propagating this type of harm? Is that the Oklahoma we want to live in? Is that the Oklahoma Standard? The answer is no.

The following statement can be attributed to Freedom Oklahoma executive director, Troy Stevenson:

“Senators Silk and Brecheen have proposed the most discriminatory legislation seen in this nation in generations. The intended and unintended consequences could literally cost some Oklahomans – including children – their lives. To allow for the denial of necessary medical services is unconscionable, and to say that because someone is a single mother, the child of an interracial couple, or a member of the LGBTQ community they don’t deserve basic medical care is not only callus, it is inhuman. These lawmakers should be ashamed, because they are a danger and an embarrassment to all fair-minded Oklahomans.” 

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/19/pediatrician-refuses-to-treat-baby-with-lesbian-parents-and-theres-nothing-illegal-about-it/?utm_term=.2c536696d5b4

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/doctor-legislators-refusing-medical-care-isnt-religious-freedom-n320031

http://www.ecapitol.net/viewtext.wcs?SB197_INT~56th

http://www.ecapitol.net/viewtext.wcs?SB694_INT~56th

Freedom Oklahoma works to secure lived equality and legal protection for LGBTQOklahomans through advocacy, public education, coalition building, and individual empowerment in the civic process. Freedom Oklahoma is a proud member of the Equality Federation.


This Story: Oklahoma City - In rural Oklahoma there are often few if any medical providers within range of lifesaving care, and yet Senator Silk and Senator Brecheen want some of them to be able to turn away those in crisis - including children because they have a single parent, or are from a mixed race or LGBTQ family.
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