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Oregon Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 04:00 PM

Oregon’s abortion laws are among the most liberal in the nation. The neighboring states of Washington to the north and California and Nevada to the south also have permissive laws regarding abortion. Idaho to the east, however, has strict abortion laws.

Oregon is the only state with no protective pro-life abortion laws, according to Oregon Right to Life. It was one of the first states to legalize abortion, in 1969, limiting it to mental impairment, rape, or endangerment to the mother before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America in 1973.

Oregon, California and Washington have no major restrictions on abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. There are no waiting periods, parental involvement in consent for abortion, or public funding limits for abortion. Nevada has similar abortion laws, but allows public funding only for cases of endangerment to the mother, rape or incest.

Oregon received an A grade from NARAL Pro-Choice America, which scores states according to the leniency of their abortion laws. California and Washington received A+ grades while Nevada had an A- rating. Oregon’s pro-life measures include allowing physicians, medical staff members and hospitals the right to refuse to provide abortion services, according to NARAL.

Idaho stands in stark contrast to the abortion laws of its western neighbors. The state received an F grade from the pro-choice NARAL.

Idaho’s restrictions on abortion include state-sponsored counseling for women who are preparing for an abortion, Guttmacher reported. A woman must wait 24 hours after counseling before an abortion is performed.

Abortion coverage is only available in private and public health insurance policies for cases involving life endangerment. However, people may include abortion coverage through an optional rider at an additional cost. Health plans under the Affordable Care Act allow abortion coverage in cases of endangerment to the mother, rape or incest.

Unlike Oregon, Idaho’s abortion laws also include parental consent for minors and allowing public funding for abortion involving life endangerment, rape or incest.

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