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Oregon House Passes Reproductive Health Equity Act

PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

The Oregon House of Representatives today passed nationally significant legislation that will guarantee reproductive health equity for Oregonians. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 3391) will ensure that every Oregonian can decide when and whether to become a parent - regardless of income, type of insurance, citizenship status or gender identity.

Oregonians need quality medical care to prevent problems before they start, which results in stronger health outcomes, lower healthcare costs and a stronger economy. Limitations on reproductive health services can have profoundly harmful effects on public health, disproportionately impacting low-income women, women of color, immigrant women, young women, rural women, survivors of domestic violence, and transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon, which developed the legislation over the past two years with input from community leaders and legislators, applauded the elected leaders who recognized the urgent need to safeguard reproductive freedom and fill gaps in coverage that benefit millions of Oregonians. If adopted by the Senate, HB 3391 will:

House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Representatives Jeff Barker and Julie Fahey, and Senators Richard Devlin and Laurie Monnes Anderson are the chief sponsors of the bill, which is co-sponsored by 21 State Representatives and 10 State Senators.

Reproductive Health Equity Act summary

Reproductive Health Equity Act fact sheet

The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon is a diverse, statewide coalition that is working to create a world where access to reproductive health care doesn't depend on who you are, where you live or how much you earn - where every Oregonian who can become pregnant has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life. The coalition consists of American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center.

Posted on July 1, 2017 in News.
 
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