This legislative session, Oregon Right to Life introduced Senate Bill 586, the Born-Alive Infant Protection bill. It would require abortion providers to deliver life-saving care for a baby born alive during an abortion. Data from the CDC shows that as many as 143 babies have survived a failed abortion then died.
A poll of likely Oregon voters revealed that 78% of Oregonians support this legislation.
Senate President Peter Courtney sent Senate Bill 586 to the Oregon Senate’s Health Care Committee on January 19. The bill had to have a hearing scheduled by Friday, March 19, to move this session.
Over two days, 1,452 Oregonians sent emails to Sen. Deb Patterson, the committee’s chair. They asked for a simple hearing of SB 586. She ignored them.
“Sen. Deb Patterson received a tremendous volume of requests for a public hearing on Senate Bill 586, many sent by her constituents,” said Lois Anderson, ORTL executive director. “The only reasonable explanation for Sen. Patterson’s inaction on such a widely supported bill is her allegiance to the abortion lobby’s unspoken ban on hearings of pro-life legislation.”
“Around 78% of Oregonians oppose extreme politicians like Sen. Patterson, who refuse to protect infants who survive a failed abortion and support late-term abortions,” continued Anderson.