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March 16, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215

Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas – Kansas has a long history of honoring self-autonomy, and in that vein, the Kansas Supreme Court should rule that the Kansas State Constitution protects a woman’s right to abortion care.

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will uphold the decision of the lower courts and rule in our favor,” Trust Women founder and CEO Julie Burkhart said after the court heard arguments Thursday in a case stemming from the state’s ban of a common and internationally accepted second-trimester abortion procedure, which is stayed.

Depending on the justices’ decision, Kansas could become the eighth state in the country to protect abortion care under a state constitution.

“With the federal climate toward reproductive rights becoming increasingly hostile, it’s more important than ever for states to recognize that women have bodily integrity and that they must be afforded those inalienable rights under the constitution,” Burkhart said. “A lot is at stake in this case. Women should have free will to determine if and when they become parents.”

A ruling in favor of reproductive rights would recognize that women should have the right to make health care decisions for themselves. There are many reasons why women choose to terminate a pregnancy, including emotional, financial, mental, familial and societal reasons. If the court agrees the Kansas constitution protects abortion rights, it would reinforce federal law and broaden the safety net for Kansas women.

Abortion care allows women to control their own fertility, thus improving health and socioeconomic outcomes across the country.

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday morning in a case that could make the Sunflower State the eighth in the country to protect a woman’s right to abortion care.

A lot is at stake. 

You can listen in no matter where you are by live streaming the hearing at 9 a.m. CST Thursday, March 16. Go to the court’s website and click on the yellow “Watch Supreme Court Live!” link. 

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Trust Women

Feb. 14, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215 Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas – People wondering how reproductive rights would fare under the Trump administration got a sobering glimpse Tuesday when the Oklahoma House Public Health Committee passed two anti-choice bills, one of which would require a woman to get consent for an abortion from the man who got her pregnant.

“Anti-choice lawmakers are emboldened under Trump,” Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women Foundation, said after the hearings on HB 1441 and HB 1549. “The bills passed today send an alarming message to women that they are incapable of making decisions themselves. That the author of the bill requiring consent referred to women as ‘hosts’ is, quite frankly, unconscionable. It is not lost on women that Rep. Justin Humphrey’s bill currently has no provision to require men to help raise and pay for a baby.”

Trust Women plans to fight against the bill and other anti-choice legislation. HB 1441 and HB 1549 are unconstitutional.

HB 1549, also passed by the committee on a 5-2 vote, would ban doctors from performing an abortion solely due to a diagnosis of a fetal anomaly such as Down syndrome.

“Women and their families facing a fetal indication make heartbreaking decisions,” Burkhart said. “When a woman chooses to terminate a wanted pregnancy, she is doing so because she believes that is the best outcome. No one makes such a decision lightly. We know that from the women we serve at our clinics, 70 percent of whom are already mothers when they come to see us for abortion care.”

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.

 

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Trust WomenJan. 13, 2017

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Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215 Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas – The majority of Americans agree that access to abortion care should remain a legal, protected right. In light of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, Trust Women Foundation urges Congress to defeat his nomination.

“Access to abortion, as protected by Roe v. Wade, has vastly improved the quality of life for many citizens,” said Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women. “Reproductive rights are human rights. Reproductive rights are a matter of justice. In 1973, when Roe was passed, it allowed women to control their own fertility, thus improving health and socioeconomic outcomes across the country – for both women and the children that they went on to raise.”

A Pew Research Center survey recently found nearly seven in 10 Americans oppose overturning Roe. Lawmakers should put aside their own viewpoints and represent their constituents, the majority of whom support a woman’s right to choose if and when to become a mother.

“By allowing people to determine what is best for their lives, we are acknowledging that there are gray areas where our own personal opinions may not be suited. Entrusting people with complex decision-making is to say to people that their lives matter and that their decisions are valued,” Burkhart said. “Do we want our society to base a woman’s worth on her pregnancy status?”

President Trump has said that women might simply have to travel to another state for an abortion if Roe is overturned. As Trust Women knows firsthand, women already travel great distances – at additional financial and personal cost – to access abortion care.

“No judge, no legislature and no governor should be able to dictate what is in a woman’s heart and whether she becomes a mother or not,” Burkhart said. “When we begin to honor the power that women have in regard to each and every pregnancy, we will then see healthier families and communities.”

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.

 

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Dec. 13, 2016

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Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215

Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas –  Trust Women Foundation believes a state in which nearly a quarter of children live in poverty has more important things to do than require public restrooms to have signs directing pregnant women to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, where they would received biased information.

The financial burden for the signs would fall on small businesses such as restaurants. The signs, which would only be required in English, would do nothing to help women and their families.

“Who would regulate the signage, and how much would the state of Oklahoma spend doing so?” asked Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women. “What penalties would businesses face for not complying?”

The proposed signs, Burkhart said, are another attempt by politicians to control women and judge them for the decisions they make.

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.

 

 

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Dec. 13, 2016

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Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215

Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas – Trust Women Foundation is relieved the Oklahoma Supreme Court saw through the political rhetoric and threw out a law requiring doctors who provide abortions to have hospital admitting privileges, ruling that it was unconstitutional and placed an undue burden on a woman’s access to abortion care.

Such laws do not protect women but simply make it more difficult for women to access their legal rights to abortion. That’s the case for all TRAP (Target Regulations against Abortion Providers) laws passed under the guise of safety.

“TRAP laws are passed by anti-choice legislators who are more interested in espousing their personal beliefs than serving their constituents,” said Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women, which operates Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center clinics in Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kansas. “As we often say, politicians should be more concerned about helping women and their families, especially in a state where 25 percent of all children live in poverty.”

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.

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Nov. 23, 2016

Statement from Trust Women Foundation about Scott Roeder Sentencing

For immediate release

Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215

Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas – As our staff prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, we are grateful that Dr. Tiller’s family has seen some measure of closure and healing.

Trust Women Foundation continues the important work of Dr. George Tiller by opening clinics that provide abortion care and working to ensure that women have access to and control over their reproductive rights.

“There is not a day at our clinics that we don’t remember Dr. Tiller and his dedication to women,” said Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO. “The extremist who murdered Dr. Tiller deserves the maximum sentence allowed by law.

“Dr. Tiller’s legacy is reflected in everything we do at Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center clinics – from the time patients call us to the time they see us for their follow-up appointments. Dr. Tiller’s assassination most certainly left a hole in the reproductive rights movement, but we remain committed to this critical work in his honor and memory.”

Trust Women is a nonprofit organization that opens clinics in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center serves patients at clinics in Wichita and Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our 2015-16 Annual Report is hot off the presses.

We hope you’ll take some time to read about our accomplishments this year.

2015-16 Annual report

Among the highlights:

  • We opened our Oklahoma City clinic, which offers surgical and medication abortion plus a vast array of reproductive health care services as well as transgender care, on Sept. 10.
  • We saw a dramatic increase in patients seeking financial assistance for abortion care.
  • We enjoyed robust media coverage and saw our social media exposure increase.
  • We signed up new volunteers and renewed our focus on advocacy and outreach.
  •  Our founder and CEO, Julie A. Burkhart, made several speaking presentations across the country, including at Fordham University, New York University, the City University of New York and the prestigious Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.
  • We saw an increase in grants from foundations and in contributions through our monthly giving program, the Circle of Trust.

Thanks goes to Ian Stewart of Big Mention for design work and to Copy Express for printing our annual report.

 

 

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