Oregon Life United announced today that chief petitioners Marylin Shannon, Suzanne Belatti, and Jeff Jimerson delivered the last box of signatures for IP-1 to the elections office in Salem.
This marks the completion of the 2018 petition drive to stop taxpayer-funded abortion in Oregon.
10,650 volunteer petition circulators gathered more than 150,000 signatures from all 36 counties over the past 14 months. After removing duplicates and other mistakes, organizers were able to submit a total of 141,200 signatures.
“I am so proud of our team. This milestone has been seven years in the making, and we didn’t give up,” said Jimerson. “Oregon voters deserve a chance to have a say. It’s wrong to force taxpayers to fund procedures that are not medically necessary — especially something as controversial as abortion.”
Elections officials will now begin the verification process which can take up to 30 days to complete. After they confirm at least 117,578 valid signatures were submitted a measure number will be assigned for the November ballot.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, approximately 3,700 abortions were publicly funded through the Oregon Health Plan in fiscal year 2015-2016. In 2017 Gov. Kate Brown signed into law HB 3391 to further increase taxpayer-funded abortion and require private health insurers to cover abortion without a co-pay.