In what may be deemed the most liberal abortion bill in the United States, the state of Oregon passed a bill that requires state insurers to provide free abortions for all residents, including illegal aliens.
The Oregon Legislature approved the bill in July, and it was signed into law by the state’s progressive governor, Kate Brown, on Tuesday.
The new $10.2 million bill requires Oregon insurance companies to cover reproductive procedures. From those funds, $500,000 is set aside to pay for abortions for the nearly 23,000 females who are eligible for the procedure under the Oregon health plan.
Shockingly, the law includes abortions for illegal aliens, who, under the state’s Medicaid program, are ineligible.
According to Fox News, “Opponents argued that the bill will force people who morally object to abortions to assume some of the costs. They also predicted that lawsuits will quickly follow, arguing that the new law violates the Weldon Amendment, a 2004 congressional provision that prohibits Health and Human Services funds for states that discriminate against health care providers that refuse to cover abortions, the Washington Times further reported.”
Nonprofit Catholic health care provider Providence Health Care, the only insurer operating in Oregon that does not cover abortions, will have its expenses reimbursed by the state.
ABOUT KATE BROWN
Katherine Brown (born June 21, 1960) is an American politician who is the 38th and current Governor of Oregon. Brown, a Democrat and an attorney, previously served as Oregon Secretary of State and as majority leader of the Oregon State Senate, where she represented portions of Milwaukie and of Northeast and Southeast Portland.
Brown became governor on February 18, 2015, succeeding John Kitzhaber upon his resignation. Brown is the state’s second female governor, after Barbara Roberts (1991–1995), as well as the first openly bisexual governor in US history. Her win in the 2016 special election for governor made her the first openly bisexual person elected as a United States governor (and indeed the first openly LGBT person elected as such).
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