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Gov. Brown Signs HB 3391, Abortion Now Free in Oregon

Salem, OR—Today Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3391 into law, solidifying Oregon’s status as the most radically pro-abortion state in America. Abortions must now be covered 100 percent by all insurance policies, without a copay or deductible. HB 3391 also establishes a $10 million fund for illegal immigrants’ reproductive “care,” of which $500 thousand is estimated to be spent covering abortions. In addition, by passing HB 3391, Gov. Brown and Oregon Democrats are endangering billions in federal funding because HB 3391 violates the federal Weldon Amendment.

“There are many things that make Oregon a wonderful state. Unfortunately, HB 3391 is not one of them,” said Gayle Atteberry, ORTL executive director. “Today Gov. Brown demonstrated her extreme bias in favor of the abortion rights lobby, disregarding thousands of future Oregonians whose lives have been further endangered by making their elimination 100 percent expense-free.”

For policy holders of Providence Health Plan, the only company in Oregon with plans not covering elective abortion, abortion expenses can be fully reimbursed by the Oregon Health Plan.

“Oregon taxpayers already cover nearly 50 percent of all abortions in the state whether they like it or not,” said Atteberry. “By making abortion free, this percentage will inevitably increase. We also expect more late-term abortions, which are currently very expensive as well as risky to perform. All completely covered by either insurance companies or by the Oregon taxpayers.”

Oregon Right to Life will continue its successful work in educating Oregonians about abortion, fetal development, and other pro-life issues, work that has contributed to Oregon’s 40 percent drop in abortions. ORTL will also continue working to increase awareness and support of life-affirming alternatives to abortion.

57 Comments

  1. Hugh newton on August 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Pathetic. This governor does not represent me. As a taxpayer in this state, I see poor roads, poor test scores in our underfunded schools, and poor possibilities for job growth in areas outside of Portland. This is yet another example of the kingdom of Portland and it’s super liberal agenda dictating what the rest of the state must pay for and suffer through. I cannot wait to retire anywhere but here. It burns me to think that I will be paying for their decisions. Tragic mistake governor. I feel they should be spending tax revenue on the aforementioned issues and not on termination of a life.

    • Laura on August 15, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Well said. Makes me sad..to live in THE most liberal, radical abortion state in America.

      • Eric on September 12, 2017 at 6:52 pm

        Totally agreed Laura, a very SAD and tragic day for Oregon. I hope and pray we can reverse this terrible and gruesome bill, and help save many 1000’s of babies created in the image of God. Eric, Hillsboro

      • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

        We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

      • Peggy on February 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm

        My husband and I have always been proud to live in Oregon…the climate is great..not too awfully cold in the winter, pretty mild weather considering some of the other states, close to Oregon seashores, mountain resorts…ski slopes…was beautiful,…but now every summer we are cooped up in our homes because of the dense smoke, from forest fires surrounding us; very unhealthy and cancer causing…can’t enjoy the great outdoors and the beautiful scenery anymore in the spring and summer…Put our loggers back on the job and let them do their thing…they always took care of our forests and we rarely had forest fires as devastating as they have been the last ten years. And with our Governor declaring OREGON a sanctuary state…and making taxpayers fund abortions whether they want to or not..It’s not a nice place to live anymore…We have a high crime rate, we are considered one of the worse states to live in now, more divorces, less marriages…more homeless teens and abused children…high rate of suicides……we live on the sex trafficking corridor and we have more children in foster homes and still needing more foster homes because the children’s parents are not responsible…we have become a cannabis state and we have a high rate of meth/drug abuse…suicides are high here too. What happened to my beautiful state? And now ABORTIONS ARE FREE to one and ALL…Governor Brown declared all insurances HAVE to cover all costs…co-pays and all..for ABORTIONS…for MURDERING OUR UNBORN BABIES EVEN UP TO FULL TERM…NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We are no better than our ancestors of old who cooked their babies and ate them, etc. They were considered BARBARIANS…WHAT ARE THOSE WHO DO THIS??? THEY, THE DOCTORS, NURSES, ETC. WHO PERFORM THESE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AS WELL AS THE WOMEN WHO HAVE IT DONE without a health reason…and all the people who voted for this action; also our Governor Brown for OR, who presented it and signed it into law. I would shudder to be in her shoes, it will not go well for her in the end…They not only murder our babies but baby parts are sold…parts are very much in demand. Look into it for yourselves. It will make you ill…I know it did me.

    • John Watson on August 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Work hard to get rid of her and elect a Republican governor and legislation. God bless and good luck.
      Pray for the unborn.

    • Pat McMahon on August 24, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Glad my fellow Oregonians are taking notice of Kate Brown’s destruction of Oregon as we know it.
      This is yet another embarrassing, destructive and just plain stupid decision by a horribly discriminatory, unqualified governor.
      Browns disastrous possibly criminal mis handling of the Malheur incident, her insistence on supporting “sanctuary city” status, failure to act on rioting following election results, her unconstitutional gun policy and now this rediculious legislation (highlights of many indiscretions) despite of popular opinion opposition have proven she is neither capable of governing our state, nor does she consider the wishes of Oregonians while signing away our rights in favor of illegals, and her own wacked our opinions regardless of the impact or cost to those she supposedly works for.
      As a Oregon taxpayer I have no confidence in her ability to change, and definitely do NOT support or endorse any further destructive legislation from this person.
      I DO support wholeheartedly her immediate removal, and repeal of ALL legislation signed by her while in office.

      • Eric on September 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

        Thank you Pat, you remind us of many other very poor decisions Governor Brown has done in her brief time in this critical position. Eric

        • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

          We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

      • Kim on January 27, 2019 at 1:03 pm

        Let’s make adoption free and abortion expensive!!

        • Lori on February 13, 2019 at 8:21 am

          That’s a novel idea but sadly would probably allow for more human trafficking. What a very sad and gruesome world this has become.

      • steven on February 10, 2019 at 8:34 am

        I agree, this moronic governor needs to be impeached for crimes against the Oregon people, she doesn’t have a clue on how to govern, and is using Oregon as an experiment on how far left she can lean. We as a people need to remove her from the office she holds.

    • Doug Schmidt on September 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Totally agree, this governor is most evil. She will have a lot to answer for.

      • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

        We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  2. pat Hoyt on August 15, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    How very, very sad! My tax dollars are being used to kill children in someone’s body. No one has asked me for permission or explained to me why I have to do this…suddenly it is the law!

    This is wrong on so many levels and says so much about our broken society. We are going down a very slippery slope. May God have mercy on us all.

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  3. Shannon Byerly on August 16, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Grieving for all the babies. Angry that I cannot keep my tax dollars from being used in this horrific way.
    Praying that God intervenes.

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  4. dolyce berger on August 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Having my tax dollars spent in such an underhanded and deceitful way is against all my beliefs and makes me so angry. She has condoned murder!

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  5. A on August 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I am saddened by this. The state is in disarray. When I was younger, if someone got pregnant, they had to make a choice and pay for it.

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  6. Kari on August 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Does the law also require prenatal care to be fully covered and free? Because if so, I’m all in favor. Women getting abortions just because they can’t afford to have kids have a reason to keep the baby, and women who need abortions for medical reasons can do so safely and without outrageous costs asking insult to their heartbreak.
    There’s no reason to expect the number of late term abortions to increase. They are risky, and only done because it’s a medical necessity, not frivolously.

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      We do not take issue with the parts of this bill that do not relate to abortion. Late-term abortions are horrible but we are morally opposed to any abortion, no matter how early it is performed. At any point, abortion ends the life of an innocent, developing human being with an equal right to life and inherent value.

  7. […] million fund for illegal immigrants’ “reproductive care.” Oregon Right to Life estimates that at least half a million of that will directly fund […]

  8. Sue McKinney on August 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    The worst news ever…these Libs are so far from reality,, so sad….

  9. Holly on August 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I do not live in Oregon but I would not. Oregon seems more interested in killing off its constituents than nurturing them on both ends of the spectrum: Babies and Seniors not to mention the tax burden on it middle class. How about a new motto, Welcome to Oregon, the State of Euthenasia, something for everyone.

  10. Shannon on August 17, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Kate Brown is a disgrace. Late term abortions are just barbaric.
    Portland is a big city full of liberals with their heads in their butts.

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  11. Cristy on August 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I love my state but I do not condone the killing of babies which
    is being done without my consent. This Is Wrong!!!

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  12. DeAnn Chambers on August 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Ok this is what it takes for me to get up off the couch and to get involved. I am just devastated by what our governor signed. How in the world can she sign away a child’s life. It is in comprehensible to me. I do not want to be part of this, but because I live in Oregon I am. Let’s join together in prayer for God to intervene. And for our President, everyday he needs prayer.

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  13. Roger J. Champagne on August 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Kate Brown passes bills WITH OUT any Voters votes. that’s a dictator for you. It’s no longer ” a Government by the people, for the people.”

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  14. Eileen Abderhalden on August 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Another and the worst of the aspects of the pathetic legacy she will leave during her term as governor.

  15. Mary Tuttle on August 18, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I do not live in Oregon but have worked on insurance issues. I was always under the belief that all policy holders should be held to the same standard and that one group could not receive preferential treatment over another. I have breast cancer and have to have a co-pay for my radiation treatments. whatever is not cover, I incur out of pocket expense. Do the insurance in Oregon cover this a hundred percent for free? if not, it is discriminatory if they grant that full coverage for abortion services and breast cancer and other claims are not so honored. I think any lawyer worth their salt would have a mighty challenge to this discriminatory law.

    • ORTL on August 23, 2017 at 10:27 am

      We’re definitely looking into legal challenges to this law.

  16. John Watson on August 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Abortion as set out by the founder of Plan Parenthood was a way and means to kill off people of color. Don’t believe me, but Google it for yourself. Especially black people. Today more abortions are performed on black women than any other race.
    This governor is a Democrat the same party that formed the kkk that have killed people of color as well as whites who support the people of color. Need I say more as to the historical way that she and the Oregon Democrats base their desire to kill the unborn. They can’t kill the adults as the kkk did so they just kill them before they are born…

  17. Abigail Garber on August 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    THIS is the time to speak up and let our voices be heard. Pray, pray, pray, and let’s go out and fight HARD against this corrupt bill.

    • ORTL on August 23, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Unfortunately, there is not much we can do now that she has signed it into law… we’re considering legal challenges though.

  18. Jim on August 24, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Who elected her?

  19. Lynn on August 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Lets face it…the minority is the majority and those are the folks that vote for the Left. The Democrats just keep the handouts coming so they can hang on to a vote. A fetus can’t vote, to the Left they are useless. Democrats could care less about about things that matter the most. Jump on the Trump train, it’s your only hope for a better future for you and the unborn.

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      We agree how upsetting this is… hope to see you at our January 14 rally in PDX. The more numbers we have in attendance, the more people will know the pro-life issue is still championed in OR. If you haven’t already seen signed up for emails, we recommend doing so!

  20. Stephanie Anderson on August 25, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I’m wondering if you could add a link to the Oregon Pro-Life Petition Drive to this page? http://www.stopthefunding.org It seems like this would be a natural place to let people know that one way they can help work to reverse this terrible bill is by signing and circulating the petition. Thanks for considering this, and for all your work advocating for the least of these!

  21. Judy Zimmerman on September 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I am heartbroken over Kate Brown’s decision to give abortions to anyone for free. How can this happen. The young girls having these abortions are also victims! Heavenly Father, please please help us !!!!!!!

    • ORTL on September 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      It IS so upsetting.

  22. […] signing HB 3391 into law in August (a bill that forces insurance companies to cover abortions with no co-pays or […]

  23. B. Hatch on September 23, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I really am sick to say I’m from Oregon. This is such a vile, self-centered, ugly law. Snuffing out an unborn child means nothing in Oregon, and we the taxpayers now pay for all of it.
    It’s so disgusting.

    • ORTL on September 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      We agree: it’s super upsetting. Please express your outrage by joining our rally in Portland on Jan. 14, 2018. Sign up for emails on our homepage: https://www.ortl.org

  24. […] signing HB 3391 into law in August (a bill that forces insurance companies to cover abortions with no co-pays or […]

  25. Cheryle on May 4, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I’m retiring soon, and since I love the weather on the coast, I had decided to stay in Oregon. Now that Governor Brown has signed this abortion law, I am seriously thinking of moving to Arizona. Arizona doesn’t get enough rain for me, but at least they don’t have a law like this one. This is pathetic. The estimated 500 thousand to be spent on abortions for women who are here illegally, could be better spent on affordable housing (of which there is a shortage of), educating Oregon’s youth, or a number of other important issues. I’m ashamed to admit I am an Oregon resident, but maybe not for much longer.

  26. Loretta on February 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I am NOT okay with you using MY hard earned money to kill an innocent child. Is this where I go off grid to get away from the humans who think they can use my tax dollars for whatever they please. This is disgusting. I would much rather my money go towards helping families to adopt. How about actually doing something positive.

  27. Cathy Rackham on February 9, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    To [end the life of] a pre-born baby is heartless! To make Citizens of Oregon pay for this is a crime! This is totally against my beliefs and you are forcing me and other Oregonians to pay for this. It is NOT FREE! Women who have abortions are haunted with nightmares and worse because of this atrocity!

  28. Matt on February 10, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Why should I be responsible for irresponsible people. Kate Brown’s idea of government is adult daycare.

  29. Bonnie on February 16, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Just another ignorant decision made by the oh so wonderful Kate Brown. This has got to be one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. Who keeps voting for this woman. She doesn’t care about anything but the all mighty dollar. She is ruining Oregon. Get her out of office.

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