Wednesday, the Oklahoma Legislature deleted $107,000 for in school health care for pregnant teens from the Health Department budget. Thursday, they allotted $5.5 million for capital discretionary funds which means more new furniture and flat screen TVs for legislative offices. 

Teenage pregnancies have the highest risk for low-birth rate and other complications.


Wednesday, the Oklahoma Legislature deleted $107,000 for in school health care for pregnant teens from the Health Department budget. Thursday, they allotted $5.5 million for capital discretionary funds which means more new furniture and flat screen TVs for legislative offices. 
Teenage pregnancies have the highest risk for low-birth rate and other complications. How can any one of them vote against health care for pregnant teens and then claim they are pro life?
The in school health care at Emerson in OKC and another school in Tulsa, monitors the student pregnancies. It also teaches the mothers how to eat right to have healthy babies and how to care for them properly after they are born. 
 Many of these young girls do not have other resources for this information and without it, it’s very likely their babies will not be born healthy.
 I think that a true pro life approach actually requires the state to help student mothers both stay in school and learn how to take care of themselves and their new babies. Evidently our Republican-controlled legislature thinks getting a new flat screen TV is more important.   

Jo Davis
Shawnee