Cameron University students Sandra Forman, Brandon Ingerson and Katie Taylor recently presented their research findings at the 6th Annual Take Root Conference. The students are members of Student Advocates for Political Action (SAPA), a student organization that strives to raise awareness on political topics and gain involvement through information, activities, and community outreach. The theme for the conference was “Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice.”
“The poster presentation featured original research conducted by the members of SAPA,” says Dr. Roni Kay O’Dell, faculty advisor. “The research poster demonstrates how Oklahoma provides services to Oklahoma residents in pregnancy and childbirth services, sex-education and contraception, and support services while raising children.”
Forman is a Criminal justice major from Cache; Ingerson is a Computer Science major from Cache; and Taylor is a Political Science major from Lawton.
The students conducted an online survey in February 2016 which asked Oklahoma residents about their experiences accessing reproductive services in Oklahoma. The main findings indicate that the majority of parents in the survey had children at young ages, that the majority of women with unplanned pregnancies in the survey chose to give birth, but the majority thought women should be able to terminate the pregnancy if needed/wanted. In addition, the survey data indicated that children are largely covered by insurance, and the majority of the coverage comes from Medicaid or other state-subsidized source.
March 9, 2016