Oregon became the first state to make the odd policy of making gender-neutral driver’s licenses available to the small number of sexually confused residents who want them.
As if that’s not enough, the state is poised to add another controversial and contentious policy-by becoming also the first state to require insurance companies to provide “free” abortions as a guaranteed benefit, without co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles. The state is also planning to provide publicly-funded abortions for income-eligible illegal immigrants and transgender Oregonians. Such is the proposal under House Bill 3391.
House Bill 3391, named Reproductive Health Equity Act, ensures that all Oregonians receive “the full range of preventive reproductive health services at no out-of-pocket cost- regardless of their income, citizenship status, gender identity, or type of insurance”
Thing is, residents of Oregon will carry the burden of such costs which carries a $10.2 million budget.
The legislation passed both houses of the Oregon legislature without a single Republican vote. A lone Democrat voted “no.”
The legislation will have to go through Governor Kate Brown, an openly bisexual Democrat who is just so eager to sign the bill into law. She has said that attempts to deny access to contraceptives and family planning are an attack on all Oregonians, especially for women of color, low-income, and young women. She is, however, silent on the reality that HB 3391 also defies the consciences and deeply held religious beliefs of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.
Planned Parenthood Oregon affiliate helped construct the measure and pushed for its passage. Oregon happens to have some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country. Still the Planned Parenthood ‘s Oregon affiliate is reeling. Four abortion clinics have been closed and the number of abortions in the state dropped by 15 percent between 2011 and 2014. This has created some damages for Planned Parenthood’s thriving business in selling the body parts of aborted babies.
Republican Senator Dennis Linthicum said: “We are both a sanctuary state for illegal aliens, and we are a sanctuary state for the taxpayer-subsidized abortion. We should not be showering politically well-connected abortion clinics with political gift cards under the guise of ‘equity.’ That is totally discreditable.
Ultimately, the fate of the pro-abortion HB 3391 rests on the Oregon voters’ hands. Oregon may have extremely liberal abortion laws, which can become even more dangerously progressive but they also happen to have one of the easiest methods of organizing a referendum on the work of a legislature. Opponents of HB 3391 need to only collect the signature of 58,789 registered voters to put the proposal to a people’s veto vote. The legislature adjourned on July 7, and opponents of the bill have now until October 5 to collect the required signatures to make the veto vote possible.