Oregon Becomes First State To Offer Free Abortions For All
Under the new bill that provides free abortions for all, signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, insurance companies must cover the procedures, charging taxpayers, reports the Washington Times.
The new $10.2 million Reproductive Health Equity Act provides for $500,000 for abortions for the 22,873 women eligible for Oregon’s state Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.
Most of the law goes into effect immediately, and Oregon insurers must provide 100 percent coverage for abortions without co-pays or deductibles.
The bill has brought great applause from pro-choice groups.
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon said, “Thank Kate Brown for signing the nation’s most progressive reproductive health bill into law today!”
Of course, the bill has also been met with criticism from conservatives. Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life said, “There are many things that make Oregon a wonderful state. Unfortunately, HB 3391 is not one of them. Today, Gov. Brown demonstrated her extreme bias in favor of the abortion rights lobby, disregarding thousands of future Oregonians whose lives have been further endangered by making their elimination 100 percent expense-free.”
Republican Representative Bill Post added on Facebook, “The saddest day of my life was when I had to vote on this bill, though of course I voted NO, there was no reason to actually run this bill at all. Oregon should be ashamed and embarrassed. [T]his is NOT just about ‘taxpayer funding’ it’s also forcing YOUR insurance, against [its] will, to include abortions in their coverage … and it’s a violation of the Weldon Act of Congress.”