On Tuesday, April 15 —Tax Day —motorists will be able to drive-through and sign the petition without leaving the driver’s seat. Just don’t ask for French fries.
“It’s pretty simple,” says chief petitioner Jeff Jimerson. “You’ll drive your car into the parking lot, and a volunteer will pass a clipboard through your window with a petition sheet ready to sign. You won’t even need to unbuckle your seat belt.”
Drive-through petition signing will occur primarily at church parking lots in cities throughout Oregon including Portland, Tigard, Gresham, Salem, Albany and Medford. The events are being promoted through social media and paid radio ads.
Organizers have set a goal of gathering 150,000 signatures by Mother’s Day — May 11 — in order to put their measure up for a public vote. If that goal is not met, volunteers will continue to gather signatures until the final deadline on June 30. A minimum of 116,284 signatures are required to qualify for the November ballot, and about 50,000 signatures have been turned in by volunteers so far.
If approved by voters, the initiative would prohibit using public funds for elective, non-medically necessary abortions. Currently, around 4,000 abortions each year are publicly funded with state tax dollars through the Oregon Health Plan.
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“Tax Day seemed like an appropriate time to draw attention to this issue,” Jimerson added. “Most people have no idea their tax dollars are funding thousands of elective abortions.”
Albany resident Jimerson, along with co-chief petitioners Lee Edward of Corvallis and former State Senator Marylin Shannon of Salem, are heading up the Oregon 2014 Petition Committee. More information about the initiative can be found at www.Oregon2014.org.