Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Endorses Ballot Measure 97
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today announced its endorsement of Ballot Measure 97, which would provide stable, adequate funding for healthcare services and education programs by increasing the minimum tax for large and out-of-state corporations with more than $25 million in annual Oregon sales.
PPAO is the political arm of the organization, advocating on behalf of Oregon's 12 health centers and the 61,672 women, men and young people who count on Planned Parenthood services every year. PPAO strongly believes every Oregonian deserves health care, regardless of their race, income, geography, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
"As advocates for affordable health care and comprehensive sex education in public schools, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon knows the importance of protecting funding that ensures all Oregonians can access the services they deserve to help them stay healthy," says Mary Nolan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "About 1 in 10 Oregonians remain uninsured - disproportionately people of color, the LGBT community and low-wage workers. Many of them are patients at Planned Parenthood. For all of them across Oregon, vital treatment is out of reach without stable, adequate public revenue. That's why we endorse Ballot Measure 97, which would make large and out-of-state corporations pay their fair share in taxes and direct new revenue to health care, education and senior services."
Sarah Johnson, a 24-year-old Portland resident, adds: "As a woman who has turned to Planned Parenthood for affordable health services, I think it's time working Oregonians pay less out of pocket so that health care is affordable for everyone. Family planning is a smart investment, and our state budget shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable Oregonians. It's time for corporations to pay their fair share, so I'm voting yes on Ballot Measure 97."
Every year, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon presents the Marilyn Epstein Pro-Choice Champion Award to recognize leaders who go above and beyond in advocating for reproductive health care. We are proud to announce that this year’s honorees are the Chief Sponsors of the Reproductive Health Equity Act: House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Representatives Jeff Barker and Julie Fahey and Senators Laurie Monnes Anderson and Richard Devlin.
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE
SALEM, Ore., April 14, 2017 - The Oregon House Healthcare Committee today passed landmark legislation to ensure reproductive health equity across the state.
The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 3391) removes financial barriers and ensures that every Oregonian is empowered to make their own decisions about whether and when to become a parent. Limitations on reproductive health services can have profoundly harmful effects on public health and on an individual person's life opportunities ...
Every woman in Oregon should be able to make decisions about whether and when to be a parent based on what’s best for her.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is working hard to ensure that health insurance — whether paid for by individuals, employers or government funds — covers the full range of reproductive health services: preconception care, contraception, abortion, prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care.