Planned Parenthood Wants to Force People in Oregon to Fund Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 25, 2018   |   3:02PM   |   Salem, OR

Planned Parenthood wants to keep forcing Oregon taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.

A ballot measure before Oregon voters this November would give them the choice to stop taxpayer-funded elective abortions. Naturally, the abortion giant Planned Parenthood is fighting against it.

The Register-Guard reports Lisa Gardner, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon, claimed the ballot measure would hurt low-income women by restricting abortions.

“It’s a backdoor ban on abortions,” Gardner stated. “It opens the door to restrictions. We are the only state in the county with zero restrictions on reproductive health care, which is as it should be, because health care decisions are personal. They’re between a person and their partner or a person and their doctor.”

Here’s more from the report:

Gardner said eliminating public funding for abortions would limit the amount of access low-income and minority women have to the procedure.

“The cost of an abortion is in the $500 range or so,” she said. “About 50 percent of American households can’t afford an unexpected bill of $500 or more.”

If women can’t afford a safe abortion, they will turn to unsafe means to end a pregnancy, Gardner said.

In other words, Oregon allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth, and taxpayers have to pay for their abortion deaths.

Polls indicate very few Americans support such extreme laws. A 2016 Politico/Harvard University poll found that just 36 percent of likely voters support taxpayer funding for abortions, while 58 percent oppose it. Polls also consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions.

In November, Measure 106 will ask Oregon 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.” Abortions because of rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life still would be paid for by tax dollars.

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Currently, 17 states force 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.

West Virginia voters will see a similar ballot question in November. Taxpayers in the state 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)