Oregon is the only state in America with NO protective pro-life laws. Oregon’s legal protection of abortion began before Roe v. Wade.

1969Oregon became one of the first states to legalize abortion. SB 193 legalized abortion during the first 150 days of pregnancy. SB 193 allowed a licensed physician to perform an abortion on an Oregon resident in the following circumstances:

  • The baby has a physical or mental handicap
  • The baby was conceived by rape or other criminal intercourse
  • The pregnancy poses a substantial risk to the mother’s physical or mental health.

SB 193 also required all abortions to be performed by a physician and in a hospital and before any abortion took place, two physicians had to certify in writing that the woman’s circumstances justified the abortion.

1973Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton - Roe established a woman’s "right to abortion." Doe defined the required health exception as:

“[T]he medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors -- physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age -- relevant to the well being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.”

Doe’s definition created abortion-on-demand for all nine months of pregnancy.

1981Planned Parenthood Association, inc. et al, v. Dept. of Human Resources of Oregon -, This Oregon Court of Appeals ruling required the state to fund “medically necessary” abortions under the privileges and immunities clause of the Oregon Constitution. In the Court’s opinion, a “medically necessary” abortion was defined as

[W]hen that surgical procedure is required, in a physician’s opinion, because specified medical problems may be caused or aggravated by the pregnancy endangering the health of the woman.

At that point, the Court footnotes the Doe opinion. This decision established taxpayer funded abortion-on-demand in Oregon.

1983SB 397 repealed the 1969 law for the expressed purpose of protecting unrestricted abortion if Roe was overturned. Sherry Oeser of the Women’s Rights Coalition testified in support of the repeal even while admitting, “The provisions of Oregon’s abortion law have remained unamended since 1969. The US Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rendered the basic provisions of the Oregon abortion law unconstitutional.” Stephen S. Walters of the ACLU testified:

[E]ven if Roe v. Wade were overruled by court decision or a constitutional amendment, thereby permitting states to regulate abortions as they saw fit, ORS Chapter 435 should not be accepted automatically as the public policy of Oregon.

2012 – In one year, 4,191 abortions were funded by taxpayer dollars through the Oregon Health Plan, totaling $1,746,544. Click here for a summary of taxpayer funded abortions from 2003 through 2012.

2013 – The latest statistics