By Paul Monies
Oklahoma Watch 

Oklahoma lawmakers try for second year to expand pregnancy help


April 30, 2023

Courtesy Billy Hefton/Enid News & Eagle

Hope Outreach Parenting Ministry in Enid is among several nonprofits who got reimbursements from the Oklahoma Pregnancy Care Network under a state program that funds alternatives to abortion. An internal audit of the network by the Oklahoma State Department of Health called into question the slow start by the vendor after the Legislature first approved funding in 2019.

Oklahoma lawmakers continue to be frustrated with a vendor hired to help pregnant women for expanded services under the state's Choosing Childbirth Act.

The slow pace of getting money to nonprofit organizations that provide crisis pregnancy care means that almost $8 million is sitting unused in a state account. Oklahoma's abortion ban and the fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade in June 2022 adds to the urgency to provide more flexibility under the state's Choosing Childbirth Act.

Senate Bill 538 would let the Oklahoma State Department of Health send payments di...

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