Abortion is reproductive care. Reproductive care is healthcare. Healthcare is a basic human right. Women deserve to have respectful and culturally competent providers in pursuit of reproductive health services ranging from menses to menopause and beyond, including contraceptive care.
As Governor, Connie will continue her lifelong work as an advocate of protecting victims of domestic violence.
Oklahoma ranks third in the nation in deaths from spousal/partner abuse. Women who experience violence, emotional or sexual trauma, unintended pregnancy, and who witness violence early in life are more likely to be incarcerated during their lifetime.
This pattern of violence is trans-generational, with children observing family violence early in life without the benefit of counseling to address and modify behavior. These children are more likely to practice violence in dating and subsequent relationships.
Oklahoma is also highly rated in the number of children witnessing domestic violence.
18,686 adults and children sought help in 2009 from any one of Oklahoma’s 30 domestic violence programs, including 72% women, 25% children, and 3% men.
As a state senator, Connie authored legislation that created a domestic violence registry and required schools to adopt dating violence curriculum and policies.
Connie will work to ensure properly funded domestic violence and law enforcement programs at the local, state, and federal level to ensure the safety and security of domestic violence victims.