Trust Women

Feb. 14, 2017

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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

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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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Oct. 27, 2016

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Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215

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Wichita, Kansas – Trust Women’s Fifth Annual Gala is Nov. 17 and will feature political trailblazer Carol Moseley Braun.

Trust Women, based in Wichita, Kansas, is a leading reproductive rights organization. Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care.

Doors to the event will open at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. The evening’s program begins at 7 p.m., and a VIP reception is scheduled at 9 p.m.

Tickets include dinner and are $100. They may be purchased at www.itrustwomen.org or by calling 316-425-3215. Priority seating and sponsorships also are available.

Born and raised in Chicago, Moseley Braun is the only African-American woman to have served in the U.S. Senate. She also has served her country as Ambassador to New Zealand, Cook County Executive Officer, Illinois State Representative and U.S. Attorney. She has advocated for equal pay, food safety and support for family farms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct. 27, 2016

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Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215

Mobile: 316-992-9685

Trust Women has posted its 2016 Kansas and Oklahoma general election voter guides to its website. Click here to go directly to the voter guides.

Trust Women is a 501(c)3 and neither endorses nor opposes any candidates.

We mailed a candidate questionnaire to each candidate running for office in the Kansas and Oklahoma state general elections, regardless of affiliation to any party or organization.

The answers provided do not denote any affiliation or endorsement by Trust Women. A candidate’s choice to participate in our questionnaire does not signify affiliation or endorsement.

The only endorsements we have included in our voter guide are those given by Kansans for Life, an anti-choice organization, or Oklahomans for Life, an anti-choice organization.

The voter guide is listed according to the office and numerically by district per each office. For example, if you were looking for Kansas Senate candidates in District 16, you would click on the Kansas voter guide, look for the Kansas Senate category and follow the numerical order until you find District 16.

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Sept. 12, 2016

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Contact: Deb Gruver

Office: 316-425-3215

Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas Trust Women Foundation is thrilled to announce it is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in New York.

Trust Women, a leading pro-choice and reproductive rights organization based in Wichita, Kansas, will use the grant for direct services. Trust Women operates Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center Wichita, which opened in 2013, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center Oklahoma City, which opened recently as that city’s only abortion clinic.

“This grant will help us directly fulfill our mission — to open clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care,” said Julie A. Burkhart, the founder and CEO of Trust Women.

Oklahoma City had been without an abortion provider since 2014. Our clinic there, like our clinic in Wichita, will offer reproductive health care as well as health care for people who are transgender. The clinic will offer abortion care up to the full legal limit of 21.6 weeks since last menstrual period.

Oklahoma made sense as a place for Trust Women to expand its clinic system because of the lack of access not only to abortion services but also because the state is well below the national average for the number of OB/GYNs. The state also has one of the country’s highest teen pregnancy rates. Oklahoma had the second-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country in 2014, the last year for which data is available, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Oklahoma women unfortunately are not only underserved in terms of reproductive health care but at risk,” Burkhart said. “We are looking forward to helping women there access family planning tools such as long-acting reversible contraceptives and providing them with the high-quality health care they deserve. We also are excited to strengthen health care for people who are transgender.

“Trust Women appreciates Shelter Rock’s faith in the health care we provide, and this grant will allow us to serve more people in Kansas and Oklahoma.”

Arnold Babel, president of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, said the congregation supports Trust Women’s mission.

“This congregation has been blessed with resources that enable us to support projects that put our Unitarian Universalist principles into practice in the world,” he said. “UUs have a longstanding commitment to equality for women, which certainly includes access to women’s health care. We’re pleased and proud to be able to support the Trust Women Foundation with a $100,000 grant from our Large Grants Program to help ensure that women in Kansas and Oklahoma continue to have access to a full range of reproductive health services.”

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR), through its Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program, supports not-for-profit organizations nationwide confronting injustice and the exclusion of people on the margins of society. Thanks to a bequest from Caroline Veatch in 1953, this unique philanthropic program is able to allocate approximately $12 million annually to grantees that promote systemic social change through long-term grassroots empowerment and organizing. A professional staff works with an elected Board of Governors to accomplish these goals.  UUCSR also maintains a separate Large Grants Program that annually allocates four to six grants of a minimum of $100,000 each to not-for-profit organizations both nationally and in the Long Island area. The grant recipients are selected and approved by members of the congregation through a democratic process. The Congregation’s grant-making programs are based on the collective vision of the congregation to address social justice concerns and to affirm and promote the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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June. 27, 2016

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Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215

Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas Trust Women is elated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today striking down parts of a Texas law that placed undue burdens on women seeking abortions.

Like in other states, Texas law requiring clinics that provide abortions build ambulatory surgery centers and physicians who perform abortion have hospital admitting privileges do not help women but make it more difficult for them to access their legal reproductive rights. Kansas’ TRAP law, which includes requirements that physicians who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges, is enjoined. Oklahoma’s law requiring hospital privileges also is enjoined. It is Trust Women’s hope that courts in Kansas and Oklahoma will set aside the laws as the Supreme Court was clear that they are unconstitutional.

“These are issues that we have been talking about for many years,” said Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women, a leading pro-choice and reproductive justice foundation based in Wichita, Kansas. “We will be looking internally at what our next steps will be.”

Trust Women operates two clinics. Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center opened in 2013 in Wichita, and another will open this summer in Oklahoma City.

“This is a great day for women’s rights and equality,” Burkhart said. “This decision has a direct impact on the lives of women and their families.”

 

 

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