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Reference: ThinkProgress, February 22, 2013: Oklahoma May Deny Women Affordable Birth Control Because It ‘Poisons Their Bodies’
Oklahoma Republican State Senator Clark Jolley has introduced a measure that, “no employer shall be required to provide or pay for any benefit or service related to abortion or contraception through the provision of health insurance to his or her employees.”
Jolley claims he is responding to a request from a constituent, Dr. Dominic Pedulla, an Oklahoma City cardiologist who describes himself as a natural family planning medical consultant and women’s health researcher who is morally opposed to birth control. Quoting Pedulla:
"Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are. Part of their identity is the potential to be a mother. They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies.”
If the measure becomes law, it could limit the health insurance options for the nearly two million women who live in Oklahoma.
Senator Jolley was won his district by huge margins over Democratic and Independent opponents in the past few years. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Oklahoma. Senator Jolley currently serves on the Worship & Arts Staff at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond and teaches in the MBA Program at Oklahoma Christian University.