May 29, 2014 Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law a Texas-style medically unnecessary regulation that could severely restrict access for the state’s nearly 2 million women. The law requires that a doctor with admitting privileges at a local hospital be on site. Doctors and major medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,oppose these laws because they do little to further patient safety. Rather, they harm women by cutting off access to safe, legal abortions. “Abortion is already incredibly safe – 99 percent safe, according to the CDC,” said Jennifer Dalven, director ofRead More →

Oklahoma City–Shortly after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma called for a moratorium on all executions in Oklahoma pending a complete and independent investigation into the botched execution and the events leading up to the fundamental breakdown in the state’s execution process. Now that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has called for an investigation to be conducted by a state agency under her control, the ACLU of Oklahoma has issued the following statements in response: The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma: It is impossible for the Department of Public Safety, the Attorney General’sRead More →

Oklahoma City–In response to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has issued the below statements and is immediately calling for a full and open investigation into the execution. The ACLU of Oklahoma is also calling for an immediate moratorium on all executions pending the outcome of this investigation and for full and complete transparency regarding the execution process in Oklahoma.   The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma: “In Oklahoma’s haste to conduct a science experiment on two men behind a veil of secrecy, our state has disgraced itself before the nation andRead More →

March 21, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals today reversed Oklahoma County Judge Bill Graves’s refusal to grant a name change to a transgender person. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Foundation, representing local resident Angela Ingram, had appealed the Judge’s denial of her application to change her legally recognized name from James Dean Ingram to Angela Renee Ingram. Angela lives as a woman, and seeks to change her legal name to match her identity. This is the second ruling from the Court of Civil Appeals reversing such a decision. Judge Graves had denied another application for a nameRead More →

March 17, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY–The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Foundation filed a Motion for Summary Judgment and a supporting legal brief today in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of Vandelay Entertainment, the publisher of the news and satire blog TheLostOgle.com, in its suit against Governor Mary Fallin. The suit seeks a court order compelling Governor Fallin to release 100 pages of public records she has refused to turn over regarding her decision to reject medicaid expansion. The Motion and Brief are attached to this Advisory. The Brief presents arguments against the Governor’s assertion of “Executive Privilege” to deny citizens access to publicRead More →