Oregon’s Abortion Rate Rises in Post-Roe Landscape

Oregon’s national reputation as “abortion-friendly” is growing — and now there is data to prove the real-world impact.

In the wake of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v Wade, several conservative states tightened their abortion restrictions. One of those states is neighboring Idaho, which swiftly implemented a ban on all abortions, except those performed in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.

As a result, during a one-month period this summer, OPB reported that 70 fewer unborn Idahoans were aborted, or a 48 percent decrease. In Oregon, however, the opposite happened: abortion providers performed 150 more than normal, or an 18 percent increase. Washington, meanwhile, also experienced a five percent increase, which translates to 90 more aborted children.

Abortion providers in Oregon say they are seeing more patients from Idaho, as well as from other states with newly-enacted abortion restrictions. OPB reports that Oregon Health & Science University has responded by increasing its telehealth abortion options, upping the number of available clinic spots and expanding abortion-related operating room times to accommodate the demand. Other clinics are focusing on their “reproductive justice” options in rural areas of the Beaver State.

Oregon Right to Life’s executive director warns that the jump in abortion rates may continue ­— and that pro-lifers need to act.

“With Oregon’s reputation as an abortion haven, we may see a sustained increase,” says Lois Anderson. “As a pro-life community, we need to do all we can to meet mothers in crisis, who may be abortion-vulnerable, and offer real help so that they can choose life.” 

Roe v Wade Events around the state

Douglas County Right to Life (Linda Middlekauff, leader)

• Sunday, January 22, 2023

• Location TBD

• Walk for Life – 2 p.m.

• Baby Shower – 3:15 p.m.

Jackson County Right to Life (Dale Sauer, leader)

• Sunday, January 22, 2023

• 6 p.m.

• First Baptist Church in Medford 

• Speakers: Pastor Bill Gallagher, Lexy Collins 

Josephine County Right to Life (Steve Raycraft, leader)

• Sunday, January 22, 2023

• Josephine County Courthouse, 6th and B Streets

• Gather at 1 p.m. March starts at 1:30 p.m.

• Rally: Riverside Park, Main Pavilion after the March, 2 p.m.

• Music/speakers/refreshments

Clark County Right to Life (Gerry Parmantier, leader)

• Friday, January 20, 2023

• Clark County Courthouse Front Steps 1 – 2 p.m.

Deschutes County Right to Life 

• Monday, January 23, 2023 at 1 p.m.

• Location TBD

St. Michael the Archangel (Marion County)

• Sunday, January 22, 2023

• 5 – 6 p.m.

• Planned Parenthood, 3825 Wolverine St NE, Salem

• Peaceful prayer and singing

Central Oregon County Right to Life (Diana Velasquez, leader)

• Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 1 p.m.

• Bend Planned Parenthood 

• Questions? Reach out to Diana Velasquez (541-413-5298 or InfoAboutCORTL@gmail.com or centraloregonrighttolife.org)

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