Oregon Bill Mandates Taxpayer Money, Insurance Coverage for Abortions
Free abortion on demand.
Democrat Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign House Bill 3391-B which will make abortion free for all, residents and non-residents of the state. From LifeSite News:
The law would force health insurers to cover abortions without any co-pay and give more than $10 million for abortions and other “reproductive services” to Medicaid. Pro-lifers predict that most of the $10 million will go to Planned Parenthood.
Oregon has the most permissive abortion laws in the nation, with no informed consent for women, no waiting for the major surgery of abortion, no parental consent or even parental notification for minors, no ambulance-ready requirements, and no basic safeguards required for all other surgical centers.
ABC News reported that in New York and other states abortion is tax-funded. “The Oregon bill is unique, however, in that patients would have access to the procedure for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.”
Oh, it gets worse. Oregon allows abortion throughout the entire nine month pregnancy. This means tax dollars will pay for late-term abortions and murder of the baby if the infant survives a botched abortion.
HB 3391-B demands that insurers “cover birth control and vasectomies as well, all without co-pay.” The bill also sets aside “half a million dollars to abortions for immigrants and those not covered by insurance.”
Religious Exemptions…Sort Of
Churches and religious charities have received an exemption “from being forced to pay for abortion insurance coverage for their employees.” But if insurers must cover abortion and birth control that kind of prevents those religious aligned organizations from providing health insurance. From Catholic News Agency:
The initial version of the bill’s religious exemptions were so narrow that the Catholic-run Providence Health System threatened to exit the state’s insurance market. The bill’s backers increased exemptions to the bill, but some objecting lawmakers said the provisions did not go far enough, the Catholic Sentinel reports. The exemptions apply to churches and other religious nonprofits.
Under the bill, the Oregon Health Authority must now provide abortion coverage where religious organizations will not.
Oregon Right to Life stated that the exemption in the bill created a program “that will provide free abortions to Providence plan enrollees.” But no one knows how much that exemption will cost or what it will do to overall insurance costs.
Catholic leaders in Oregon have voiced their opposition to this infanticide bill and urged others to join them:
“By insisting on complete insurance coverage of abortion, including late-term and sex-selective abortions, the legislature shows itself intolerant of widely-held opposing views and will compel thousands of Oregonians to support what their conscience rejects,” the Oregon Catholic Conference said.
“House Bill 3391 forces insurance companies to cover abortion on demand and it forces all Oregon taxpayers to help finance an extremist abortion agenda that does not enjoy majority support.”
Victory for Planned Parenthood
Cullen Heroit at The Federalist points out that the bill hands Planned Parenthood a major victory and lots of cash:
There are currently 11 abortion clinics in the state of Oregon, eight of which are Planned Parenthoods. Not all of the money allocated by this bill will go toward funding elective abortion, of course, but the fact that Planned Parenthood was a sponsor of this legislation makes it clear that they will benefit significantly from it.
At a time when a large chunk of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding is in danger of being cut off, this bill bolsters the funding they receive from taxpayers. It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood is basically an extension of the Democratic Party (remember how much money PP threw into that run-off election in Georgia last month?), and this bill passed the Senate on a party-line vote.
Jonathan Lockwood, the communications director for the Senate Republican Caucus, described the bill as “a political gift card to Planned Parenthood.” Oregon Right to Life Executive Director Gayle Atteberry agreed. From The Washington Times:
“This terrible legislation is just another example of how Oregon’s largest abortion provider’s only real concern is for their financial bottom line,” said Ms. Atteberry in a statement. “The Oregon Health Authority testified [Thursday] that HB 3391-B will provide almost $500,000 more for abortions. Make no mistake: most of this money is going to Planned Parenthood.”
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.
Margaret Sanger is pleased that her plan will be well financed by the taxpayers of Oregon.
Why is Planned Parenthood, an oxymoron if ever there was one, allowed to stay in business at all? The undercover videos made it perfectly clear that:
1) The main thrust of their entire organization is abortion-on-demand, and;
2) A substantial portion of their income is derived from the sale of fetal body parts collected during these procedures, which is not only morally egregious but a direct and obvious violation of 42 U.S. Code § 289g–2!
So again, why are they still in business? They openly admit routinely committing federal felonies; in fact, it is one of the things they are most proud of! They should be shut down for the massive violations of the cited code; if that is for some unfathomable reason not possible, at least stop giving them MY tax dollars to run their butcher shops!
Typical pattern of progressive incremental change. First they demand we permit a little something, then they demand we permit more of it, then the demand we permit the whole shebang, then they demand that we voice our approval and finally they demand that we pay for it. Note that they don’t always feel a need to complete one step before moving on to the next.
Liberalism is the Evil Cult of Death. God will judge them ever so harshly. How can they justify forcing Pro-Life taxpayers to fund this?
The Death State. What a horror.
Ever notice how liberal women (like the one holding the sign) are usually ugly beyond belief?
A drunken sailor on shore liberty for the first time in months wouldn’t hit that. That is strictly Marine territory and a great opportunity for a boot to earn his Devil Dog tattoo or a salt to show he has the mental toughness to be a Raider.
Save Planned Parenthood. Keep the abortion chambers open. Denying life to those deemed unworthy is a woman’s rite… I mean, right.
And then there is the Mengele division.
One step forward. Two steps back. Progress.
Oh, the twilight fringe and their weird Pro-Choice cult.
They’re trying to become the abortion capitol of the USA?
Now I understand why my Mom never willingly told people she was born in California. I guess I’ll just have to be vague and say: Pacific Northwest.
declare that killers are really LATE, LATE term embryos and then abort them WAY post postpartum./sarc
i am against abortions unless mother is in danger.
i an=m also pro death penalty.
too bad LibTards are the opposite of that.
I like it. We can re-classify executions as post birth abortions. And we can reduce all the appeals so that the post birth abortion procedure can take place in a timely manner, just like any other abortion. And since this procedure is now an abortion, any doctor licensed to perform abortions should have to step up and do the procedure. No messing around with hiring an executioner or finding a supplier of lethal drugs.
Somehow, I doubt the progs will see the logic in this modest proposal.
When the “freebies on demand” make it too expensive to operate in the state, insurers will pull out entirely. Then the lucky taxpayers will get to foot the entire bill.
One almost hopes that is what happens – let EVERY insurer bail on the state and let the idiots who elect these fools suffer the consequences.
They are following Mark Tushnet’s call for the Left to show no mercy to those of us who are on the right or follow traditional beliefs.
And, will they ever understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch?
And, will they ever understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch?
Not until they run out of other peoples money
They also allocated $36 million to provide free health care for illegal alien children.
Abortions on demand no matter how late into the term the fetus might be is nothing short of infanticide and yet the leftists there demand this. Does anyone else find it disgusting how those Leftists in Oregon demand the right to kill an innocent late term baby, while also demanding that no criminal, no matter how heinous the crime they committed, should never face the death penalty?
Can people with a conscience get an exemption from paying state income tax?