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Oregon Expands Abortion Access, Reproductive Coverage

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (Don Ryan/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:13 PM

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed a law on Tuesday that dramatically expands reproductive coverage, including access to abortion and birth control.

The Reproductive Health Equity Act requires that health insurance providers cover birth control and abortion without co-pay, and allows for the use of state funds to provide reproductive healthcare to noncitizen who are excluded from Medicaid.

The responses to the bill were mixed.

"There are many things that make Oregon a wonderful state. Unfortunately, HB 3391 is not one of them," Gayle Atteberry, Oregon Right to Life executive director, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. "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."

Meanwhile, other groups applauded the governor's decision.

"We are so grateful for the bold leadership of Gov. Brown and legislative champions who understand that Oregonians don’t want reproductive health care attacked," Laurel Swerdlow, advocacy director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, told The Washington Times. "Women, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, people of color, immigrants and people of faith are not going to silently stand around while politicians in Washington, D.C. try to take away our healthcare."

Amy Casso, director of the Gender Justice Program for Western States, told the Post in a statement:

"In the face of relentless rollbacks and attacks at the federal level, Oregonians are showing the rest of the country what it means to be resilient and visionary.

"There is still work to be done, but today we celebrate that more Oregonians have the freedom to decide if and when they have children based on what’s best for them and their family’s circumstances."

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