A bill set to arrive on the desk of Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown’s (D) puts forth a measure requiring insurance companies to cover abortion services and post natal care for women at no cost.
The proposal marks a critical win for pro-choice activists. The measure would also serve to cover individuals should their healthcare be taken away in the replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
“If the ACA goes away, people in Oregon will still be able to access those essential health benefits,” said state Rep. Julie Fahey (D), the bill’s prime sponsor.
“I don’t believe that most Oregonians are okay with the fact that they will be forced to pay for late-term, sex-selective abortions,” said Jonathan Lockwood, a spokesman for the Oregon Senate Republican Conference. “This bill is nothing more than a political gift card to Planned Parenthood, and we’ve seen Planned Parenthood engaged in political actions.”
Democrats control both houses of legislature in Oregon and the party seeks to mirror what they’ve accomplished in other states they control to negate healthcare legislation at the federal level, and guarantee the right to abortion.
“The impetus of the bill was not what’s happening at the Supreme Court, but we felt like it was important to follow the lead of those other states,” Fahey said. “This bill has been several years in the making, so it was not directly a response to what’s been happening at the federal level.”
The bill would also cover 22,000 illegal immigrants set to lose coverage in Oregon.
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