Oklahoma

In the wake of Dr. George Tiller’s assassination on May 31, 2009, Julie Burkhart founded Trust Women Foundation in order to honor his legacy and to continue fighting for reproductive rights. At the time of his murder, Dr. Tiller was one of the few physicians in the United States who provided later abortion care for women from across the United States, as well as from around the world. Trust Women re-established abortion care in Dr. Tiller’s former clinic in 2013, after a nationwide capital campaign. At the time, the clinic was the only abortion provider within a 200-mile radius. On September 10, 2016, Trust Women opened a second clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Until Trust Women’s clinic opened, Oklahoma City was also the largest metropolitan area in the United States without abortion care. In 2017, Trust Women launched a social media campaign, Lies into Laws, hosted grassroots house events, and knocked on 65,000 doors in Kansas and Oklahoma to promote awareness around harmful and medically inaccurate abortion restrictions. At the same time, they engaged with lawmakers to build support for proactive reproductive health and rights bills in the state legislature. Trust Women has worked with NIRH since 2016 to build support for abortion in Kansas, including through advancing proactive abortion legislation and organizing supporters and new activists in key parts of the state. Trust Women has also been building a grassroots base and relationships with leaders in Oklahoma.