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Oregon legislature passes bill to provide free abortions

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

SALEM, Oregon, July 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Oregon state legislature has passed a tax bill to make abortion free for all.

Tax-funded abortions for both residents and non-residents throughout the state is the goal of House Bill 3391-B, which now goes to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s desk. Brown, an openly bisexual former abortion lobbyist, is expected to sign the bill into law.

The law would force health insurers to cover abortions without any co-pay and give more than $10 million for abortions and other “reproductive services” to Medicaid. Pro-lifers predict that most of the $10 million will go to Planned Parenthood.

Oregon has the most permissive abortion laws in the nation, with no informed consent for women, no waiting for the major surgery of abortion, no parental consent or even parental notification for minors, no ambulance-ready requirements, and no basic safeguards required for all other surgical centers.

ABC News reported that in New York and other states abortion is tax-funded. “The Oregon bill is unique, however, in that patients would have access to the procedure for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.”

The $10 million tax bill requires all insurers to cover birth control and vasectomies as well, all without co-pay.

Pro-life leaders also say that because abortion is legal throughout all nine months in Oregon, tax dollars will not only pay for killing viable babies via late-term abortions but will pay for infanticides as well from botched abortions when the baby is delivered alive.

The bill allocates half a million dollars to abortions for immigrants and those not covered by insurance. Oregon Medicaid already doles out $2 million every year for abortions alone.

In yet another example of the importance of pro-life voting, the bill passed 17-13 in the state senate by a straight party-line vote.

Supporters of the pro-abortion bill admitted it is designed to counter the possibility of Planned Parenthood being defunded by the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration.

“While the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are trying to strip away reproductive rights, Oregon is ensuring access regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity, or type of insurance,” a coalition of Democrats said in a press release.

Pro-life legislators say the bill breaks federal law. “We are both a sanctuary state for illegal aliens, and we are a sanctuary state for federally illegal, taxpayer subsidized abortion,” Sen. Dennis Linthicum told ABC News. “We should not be showering politically well-connected abortion clinics with political gift cards under the guise of ‘equity.’ That is totally discreditable.”

The bill exempts churches and religious charities from being forced to pay for abortion insurance coverage for their employees. But because the bill also requires all Oregon insurance companies to cover abortion, Christians are concerned that if the bill is signed into law there may not be any insurance policies available that don’t pay for abortion.

Pro-lifers urge concerned citizens to ask Gov. Brown to veto HB 3391.

Gov. Brown was runner-up in 2015 for homosexual activist media giant The Advocate’s Person of the Year. The LGBTQI activist organization Basic Rights Oregon features Brown in their “Profiles in Courage.”

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