Oregon Democrats approved $15 million in their state budget this week to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
KOIN reports the taxpayer money through the new Oregon Reproductive Health Equity Fund will be used to pay for women both in and out of state to travel for abortions and to increase the number of abortion facilities in the state.
Oregon House Speaker Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, said they created the new abortion fund to “mitigate harm” caused by the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade this summer.
“Abortion and the full spectrum of reproductive health services must be available and affordable for anyone who needs it,” Rayfield said in a statement. “This $15 million will deliver on Oregon’s commitment to reproductive freedom by sending practical, meaningful support for people in our state – no matter what happens in Boise, Washington D.C. or anywhere else.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks in a case that many believe could overturn or limit Roe. In anticipation of a favorable decision, Idaho and other states are passing new laws to protect unborn babies from abortion.
Oregon, in contrast, allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. It also forces taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and forces private health insurance plans to cover them.
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The new abortion fund will provide additional money for out-of-state women to come to Oregon to abort their unborn babies. According to the Herald & News, the money will be handled by the Portland-based group Seeding Justice to pay for lodging, travel and other expenses for women seeking abortions.
Black women and their unborn babies specifically will be targeted through the new abortion fund. As the Herald & News reports, the fund “also aims to promote access to the procedures in communities of color.” African American women already have a disproportionately high abortion rate compared to other racial groups.
Democrat lawmakers are disguising the plan to promote killing more unborn babies as “health care.”
“Abortion is health care. Every individual should have access to the full range of reproductive services that are available. These funds take a critical next step by investing in culturally specific reproductive health outreach and education programs, led by and centered within communities of color,” said state Rep. Andrea Valderrama, D-Portland.
State Rep. Tawna Sanchez, D-Portland, also praised the new abortion funding, saying, “We are rising to this alarming moment to invest in abortion access as a central foundation of Oregon’s health care infrastructure.”
California Democrat lawmakers are working on similar plans to use tax dollars to expand abortions in their state. Among other things, they want to provide “loan repayments” and training to encourage more medical students to become abortionists.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63.5 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions.
This spring, many states are taking action in anticipation of the likelihood that the court will overturn or modify Roe. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon just signed a law to ban abortions, and the Idaho legislature passed a heartbeat bill this week. Florida recently passed a 15-week abortion ban that would save thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year, and Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Arizona and other states also are advancing pro-life legislation.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates also are working to expand support services for pregnant and parenting moms.
The Guttmacher Institute estimates 26 states “are certain or likely to ban abortions” if the Supreme Court gets rid of Roe. Researchers estimate abortion numbers would drop by about 120,000 in the first year and potentially even more in subsequent years if the high court allows states to ban abortions again.