It was announced today that HB 3391 — known as the “free abortions for all” bill — has been signed into law by Governor Kate Brown. The partisan legislation, which was passed last month by the Oregon House and Senate, requires private insurers to cover abortion without a copay and significantly increases the number of state-funded abortions.
By declaring the law to be an emergency, Gov. Brown and sponsoring legislators have stripped Oregon citizens of their right to refer HB 3391 to the people for a vote. The law goes into effect immediately.
The devastating legislation is opposed in the strongest of terms by a broad spectrum of pro-life and faith-based organizations, as well as fiscally conservative political organizations and legislators. HB 3391 imposes an undue burden on Oregon taxpayers, and will cause thousands of women and babies to be hurt by abortion.
We urgently call on Oregon voters to express their opposition to HB 3391 by signing the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act — a citizen initiative sponsored by Oregon Life United. More than 117,000 signatures are needed to qualify the measure for Oregon’s November, 2018 ballot. Voters may print and sign Initiative Petition 1 (IP-1) at www.StopTheFunding.org.
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“The day after our country celebrated Independence Day, the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill that has more to do with force than it does with freedom. House Bill 3391, which has now been signed into law by the Governor, forces insurance companies to cover abortion on demand and it forces all Oregon taxpayers to help finance an extremist abortion agenda that does not enjoy majority support.”
By insisting on complete insurance coverage of abortion, including late-term and sex-selective abortions, the legislature shows itself intolerant of widely held opposing views and will compel thousands of Oregonians to support what their conscience rejects.”
— The Oregon Catholic Conference
“In my two terms in the Oregon House, I’ve never had a harder day than the day we voted on HB 3391. When I went to the House floor it was as if I were going to a funeral, because I was. Thousands of babies will be murdered thanks to the passage of HB 3391. We must stop this tragic and criminal use of taxpayer money.”
— Bill Post, Oregon State Representative (District 25 – Keizer)
“Oregon’s ruling party has done incredible harm to pregnant women and their babies with HB 3391. Our state already has no abortion restrictions. Oregon taxpayers already fund 10 abortions every day. Now, they’ve gone even further to codify into law free abortions on demand, including for undocumented immigrants, and then blocked voters from having a say. Truly this is an act of tyranny.”
— Marylin Shannon, former state Senator and a Co-Chief Petitioner for IP-1
“Ending innocent human life is horrific enough. Making hardworking citizens of Oregon pay for it, as HB 3391 does, is over the top.”
— Mike Nearman, Oregon State Representative (District 23 – Independence)
“I am proud to be a pro-life woman. Spending millions of taxpayer dollars to provide for free abortions to all is disheartening. Those dollars should be spent on educating women on birth control options and their health. Oregon has been very aggressive in passing legislation like HB 2028, which allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense oral contraceptives to women. This legislation gave women more access to birth control without an unnecessary visit to their health care provider. I believe HB 3391 circumvents that progress.”
— Jodi Hack, Oregon State Representative (District 19 – Salem)
“Throughout our history as a nation, forcing citizen compliance in matters repugnant to their conscience by our elected representatives, has not only been unacceptable, it denies the fundamental freedoms for which millions have given their lives to defend. Denying our voice and forcing silence, especially in the matter of destroying innocent human life — using our tax dollars — is unconscionable.”
— David Crowe, President, Restore America
“The Oregon Federation of Republican Women believe in life, all life, especially while the children are in their mother’s womb. As mothers, grandmothers, and taxpayers, none of us would like to see our hard earned tax dollars used, as HB 3391 allows, in the destruction of pre-born infants.”
— Jan Williamson, State President, Oregon Federation of Republican Women
“HB 3391 is one of the most aggressive pro-abortion laws ever passed in the history of our country. Year-round, and especially during the 40 Days for Life campaigns, we pray and offer resources to women going into abortion facilities. When asked how they are paying for their abortions, many reply “I don't have to pay for it — the State’s paying for it!” which translates into taxpayers paying for it.”
HB 3391 will cause many more babies to die, which is heartbreaking. Why should our tax dollars fund the killing of innocent human life? We encourage all pro-life Oregonians to support the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
— Therese Ruesink, Campaign director for 40 Days for Life, Portland
“There will be litigation over this critical issue. Oregonians have become outraged over and over this year with the tyranny of one-party rule. The fact our governor signed this bill into law means she will have to explain to our constituents why she is forcing them to pay against their will for abortions, even late-term and sex-selective abortions.”
— Dennis Linthicum, Oregon State Senator (District 28 – Klamath Falls)
“Oregonians will not stand by and abide by this type of unrestrained extremism by the one-party majority. This bill is out-of-mainstream and violates the consciences of many Oregonians.”
— Kim Thatcher, Oregon State Senator (District 13 – Keizer)