Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Defends Forcing People to Fund Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 11, 2018   |   3:29PM   |   Salem, OR

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown may call herself “pro-choice” but she is anti-choice when it comes to voters deciding whether their tax dollars should pay for elective abortions.

Brown, a pro-abortion Democrat, recently voiced her opposition to a November ballot measure that would give voters that choice.

Measure 106 will ask voters if they want to amend the state constitution with the following language: “The state shall not spend public funds for any abortion, except when medically necessary or as may be required by federal law.”

Oregon is one of 17 states that forces taxpayers to fund elective abortions. About 3,700 unborn babies’ abortion deaths were paid for by Oregon taxpayers in fiscal year 2015-2016, or about 10 per day, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Brown slammed the ballot measure in an interview with Eugene Weekly, calling it “an attack on health care.”

“[Measure 106] would set a dangerous precedent by cherry-picking which medical procedures public insurance will and won’t cover,” Brown said. “It would take abortion coverage away from women on the Oregon Health Plan. It would take coverage away from state employees.”

She promised to fight against it. Later this month, Brown and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, are planning a campaign kickoff event to oppose the measure, according to the report.

Brown is a staunch abortion activist who has pushed for even more taxpayer-funded abortions throughout her administration. In 2017, she signed a law to expand the state taxpayer-funded abortion program to all residents and illegal aliens. The law forces insurance companies to cover 100-percent of the cost of abortions without a co-pay, and sets aside $10.2 million tax dollars for abortions and contraception through Medicaid.

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In November, Oregon voters will get a chance to decide if Brown pushed her pro-abortion agenda too far. And public opinion is not in her favor.

Polls consistently show that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions. A 2016 Marist poll found that two-thirds of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, including a majority of women and people who identify as pro-choice.

In October 2016, a Politico/Harvard University poll also found that just 36 percent of likely voters support taxpayer funding for abortions, while 58 percent oppose it.

West Virginia voters will see a similar ballot question in November. State taxpayers have paid about $10 million for about 35,000 unborn babies’ abortion deaths as a result of a 1993 court ruling that claimed to find a state constitutional right to abortion.

These are the 17 states that force taxpayers to fund elective abortions:

  • Alaska (court order)
  • Arizona (court order)
  • California (court order)
  • Connecticut (court order)
  • Hawaii (voluntarily)
  • Illinois (voluntary)
  • Maryland (voluntarily)
  • Massachusetts (court order)
  • Minnesota (court order)
  • Montana (court order)
  • New Jersey (court order)
  • New Mexico (court order)
  • New York (voluntarily)
  • Oregon (court order)
  • Vermont (court order)
  • Washington (voluntarily)
  • West Virginia (court order)