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Supreme Court Disappoints, Energizes in June Decision

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

When the Supreme Court ruled against Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” in its June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo decision, it missed a prime opportunity to protect women and children from rogue doctors. Yet it also leaves room — and hope — in the future for pro-life advocates to continually weaken the legal case and cultural expectation…

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New Editor for Life in Oregon

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

During a training session with outgoing editor Cindy Rahm, our new editor Crystal Kupper revealed that she has been reading Life in Oregon since third grade. That sustained passion for all things pro-life alongside well-honed writing skills made Crystal an obvious choice.   Crystal grew up in Creswell, married her high school sweetheart and has been moving…

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A Wildfire of Compassion

By Lois Anderson | October 30, 2020

As I write, a heavy layer of smoke is covering the sky above the Oregon Right to Life office. The impact of wildfires is reaching across Oregon. The loss of life and property is weighing heavily on my heart. My daughter, who is attending college in Virginia, called to check on us. She was feeling…

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The Most Important Election

By Reagan Knopp | October 30, 2020

Have you ever heard that an election was “the most important election of our lifetime?” I think I’ve heard it every single voting season since I was first able to vote in 2014. It sounds like something a candidate or party leader might say to drum up enthusiasm or solicit an extra donation. I can’t…

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Trumpeting the Presidential Pro-Life Accomplishments

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Last January, President Donald Trump became the first-ever American president to attend the March for Life, the annual pro-life demonstration in Washington, D.C. that attracts hundreds of thousands. It was major validation for the movement, given mainstream media’s uniform dismissal of the massive event. Trump’s presence at a single pro-life rally is far from his…

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Throwback Photos

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Over the years, Oregon Right to Life has welcomed pro-life elected officials at our annual Roe v. Wade event. In our continued commemoration of our 50th year, here are three of the many who have addressed the crowd across the decades

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Connections During Covid

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Online video meetings were certainly in use before COVID-19 struck, but it wasn’t a tool that Oregon Right to Life (ORTL) used widely. However, it is always important for pro-life advocates to remain connected, receive critical updates and have a platform to share ideas. Virtual meetings have certainly increased in importance amongst our team! Recently,…

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Shopping Charitably

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

There is a way that you can give to our education foundation by simply doing something you probably already do every week: shopping! If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon, you can advocate for life in Oregon at no cost to you. Fred Meyer Community RewardsIf you are a current Fred Meyer Rewards member,…

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Launch Goes Virtual for Everyone

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

After postponing, relocating and hoping to continue, we had to cancel Launch, our leadership retreat for pro-life students. However, the restrictions that led to the cancellation also meant people were spending more time at home and online. We put our heads together with our featured presenter Josh Brahm, president of the Equal Rights Institute. We…

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Jake Walsh in Memory

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Jake Walsh, a recent member of the Oregon Right to Life board of directors, passed away in August. Serving on the board for more than 30 years, he saw many changes over the decades. Jake always had an encouraging word to offer. He was known on the board for his easy laugh and attention to…

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The Sanctity of Human Life and the Elections

By Reagan Knopp | October 30, 2020

The sanctity of human life is a little-discussed term these days, but is at the heart of what Oregon Right to Life (ORTL) is all about. Belief in this concept is also of key importance to how you and your circle of influence vote this election season. Let’s look at the belief first. The sanctity…

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Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation 2021 Contests

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Life is an Adventure! Drawing: grades K-12 Computer drawing: grades 9-12 Essay: grades 3 – 12 Oratory: grades 11-12 Short Film: youth, junior, and adult categories Find more information and connect with your local contest at www.ortl.org/contests If you are interested in making an impact for life with students in your community, we need contest coordinators!…

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Cottage Grove Senior Places Third at Nationals

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Congratulations to Nikola Sušec of Cottage Grove, who placed third in the 2020 National Right to Life Oratory Contest. Like so many events this year, the competition, which usually takes place in person at the National Right to Life Convention, was modified and conducted virtually. Nikola’s speech titled, “What They Will Pay for You,” was…

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Biden/Harris Ticket Fraught with Dangers for Pro-Lifers

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

When Democratic nominee Joe Biden chose California senator and former state attorney general Kamala Harris as his VP, he cemented this year’s slate as the most pro-abortion presidential ticket of all time. Their leadership would be incredibly perilous for vulnerable humans. Besides enthusiastic pro-choice records, his and Harris’ political legacies demonstrate their willingness to flout…

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The History of Abortion in the Beaver State

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

The history of abortion in Oregon is sadly consistent. We are the only state in America with zero protective pro-life laws. Oregon also legalized abortion several years before Roe v. Wade was decided. In 1969, Oregon became one of the first states to legalize abortion. Senate Bill 193 (SB193) legalized abortion during the first 150 days of…

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ACTION ALERT: Vote in the General Election

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

2020 has been full of unpredictable circumstances, including a pandemic and wildfires. Thank you for prioritizing getting your vote counted despite it all. We need the pro-life voting bloc to show up in its entirety. We cannot afford to lose a single vote in November. We’ve created a voting hub at ortlpac.org/vote. All the information you…

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Office of Civil Rights Open to Pro-Life Complaints

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

In January, after three years of legal research and quiet action, Oregon Right to Life (ORTL) filed a suit challenging Oregon’s so-called Reproductive Health Equity Act with the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. A 2017 law (HB3391) created the Reproductive Health Equity Act. This law paved the way for abortions at no…

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ORTL Launches Pro-Life Advance Directive Project

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

We are hopeful that we will someday see the healthcare industry transform into a place that is respectful of life from conception to natural death. Until that time, we recognize the need for pro-life Oregonians to take proactive steps to ensure respect for life is carried out at every point of medical care. We formed…

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Daleiden’s Legal Case, with Connection to OHSU, Still Ongoing

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Five years ago, the pro-life community watched in horror as one of their own became the first-ever undercover journalist in California history to be prosecuted for secretly recording criminal activity. David Daleiden from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) went undercover for 30 months in the abortion industry, and what he found — barefaced evidence…

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University of Portland Student Shares Pro-Life Family Testimony

By ORTL | October 30, 2020

Chrystal Kupper, Editor, Life in Oregon University of Portland students woke up to something decidedly unusual in their school’s newspaper last fall: a pro-life editorial from one of their own.  Elizabeth Lyons-Best, a then-sophomore video producer for The Beacon, wrote “16 & pregnant saved my life, literally,” a staff opinion piece on her mother’s teenage…

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No Pause for Pro-Lifers in Pandemic Primary

By Reagan Knopp | July 2, 2020

One of the most unique elections in Oregon history took place on May 19. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and unprecedented stay-at-home orders, primary election voters across the state made their voices heard. The perseverance of pro-life voters was felt during these extraordinary times as results rolled in on election night. In Oregon’s…

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Standing Up for Life at the Lincoln County Fair

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

Like thousands of other Oregonians, Susan Morrison is deeply disappointed that there will be no county fairs this year. Her reasons, however, have nothing to do with the rides, games or concerts one usually finds at her local Lincoln County Fair.  Instead, Morrison is heartbroken that she and her fellow Central Coast chapter members of…

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Turning Challenges Into Growth Opportunities

By Lois Anderson | July 2, 2020

So what now? We are in a time of uncertainty rivaling any most of us have experienced. I found recently that a web-based journal for emergency preparedness noted that unprecedented was the word of the year for 2019. I wonder what word they will possibly choose for 2020? I am sure that each one of us is…

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The Coronavirus Campaign

By Reagan Knopp | July 2, 2020

Every year it seems we’re facing a historic election. I can easily say that 2020 was the most unique campaign of my decade working in politics. Oregon’s vote-by-mail system ensured that voters could safely cast their vote. We don’t yet know the full impact on voters, but we saw 46 percent of eligible voters cast…

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Pro-Life Legislator Running for Secretary of State

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

“Senator Thatcher has been a reliable ally for the pro-life cause.”  Though choosing America’s president will dominate national and state headlines, there is another important election on the horizon for Oregonians: that of secretary of state. The position is one of the three constitutional offices established at statehood. It deals with auditing of public accounts,…

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Equal Rights Institute President Presenting at ORTL’s Launch

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

“If my legacy when I die is that thousands of pro-lifers are more loving to pro-choicers, that would be good enough.” As president and founder of the Equal Rights Institute (ERI), Josh Brahm, 36, is widely considered one of the top voices in the modern pro-life movement. His influence lies in a different area than…

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Tips for Dialoguing with Pro-Choice People

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

It can be easy to cocoon with people who think exactly like you. However, conversing exclusively with those whose beliefs match up precisely with yours is ineffective in our effort to promote life in Oregon. After all, how can someone become pro-life without first being exposed to the scientific truths? There are many ways to…

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Influencing the Culture of Life in Oregon

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

By Nickie Snyder | Community Outreach Specialist I often ask myself how we can better influence the culture of life in Oregon. As a former teacher, I know the importance of educating youth in pro-life principles from an early age. They need skills to face opposition to their pro-life beliefs. As grandparents, parents, teachers or…

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Use Your QCD to Help ORTL

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

In response to the pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act. Included in the giant relief package was a provision that waives required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020 from retirement accounts. A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a direct distribution from your IRA custodian to a qualified 501(c)3 charity like the Oregon Right to Life Education…

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Pro-Life Leaders Urge FDA Commissioner to Act

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

In early May, Oregon Right to Life (ORTL) joined dozens of leaders around the country in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn. They urged him to take action to stop the illegal internet sale of abortion-inducing drugs, manufactured overseas and shipped into the U.S. Under the FDA’s Risk…

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Throwback Photos

By ORTL | July 2, 2020
Move-In Helpers | A crew of helpers prepares the newly-purchased building for move-in. In 1994, Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation purchased a building to house Oregon Right to Life, Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation and Oregon Right to Life PAC. This wise investment established a permanent base of operations for staff and volunteers.Pro-Life rally | Lynda Harrington,… Read More

Action Alert: Regional Calls for Pro-Life Leaders

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

Are you active as an Oregon Right to Life chapter leader, fair booth coordinator, Respect Life committee member, 40 Days for Life coordinator or just someone who would like to connect with other pro-life advocates? That is wonderful! We would like to offer an opportunity for a virtual meeting. Please join us for an encouraging…

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Chemeketa Community College Students for Life

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

Members from the Chemeketa Community College Students for Life club (SFL) recently shopped at a local Target for their school’s STEPS program. Chemeketa STEPS provides academic and family support for pregnant and parenting students. New moms and dads can access textbook lending libraries, parenting classes, help applying for scholarships and free baby gear, among other…

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Oregon Document Shines Light on Advance Directives

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

Some things have come to light during the COVID 19 crisis that both concern and provide opportunities to take action to protect yourself and your family. During preparations for a COVID-19 surge in hospitalization, some press reports discussed a key document titled, “Oregon Crisis Care Guidance (OCCG)”. The OCCG is meant to be used by…

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Oregon Woman Warns Against Medication Abortion

By ORTL | July 2, 2020

By Crystal Kupper | Life in Oregon Editor Approximately one-third of abortions in the U.S. are medication abortions. In these abortions, mothers first take mifeprex, a hormone blocker, at an abortion business. Around 24 hours later, they take mifepristone later at home to induce labor and deliver their dead baby. A 2019 FDA report linked…

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Second Congressional District Seat Up for Grabs

By Reagan Knopp | May 14, 2020

By Liberty Pike, Deputy Director For the first time in almost a decade, one of Oregon’s congressional seats is open. Not only that, the open seat is the Second Congressional District (CD 2) currently held by Rep. Greg Walden. This seat is Oregon’s only pro-life Republican seat in Congress. With Rep. Walden’s announced retirement, it…

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Together We Advocate Conference a Success

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

On February 29, approximately 300 pro-life advocates gathered for Together We Advocate, the largest pro-life conference in the Pacific Northwest. In order to keep our new venue at Rolling Hills Church, we moved the conference from mid-April to the end of February. With everything we know now, that was unexpectedly great timing. We hosted four…

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A Society That Values Human Life

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

By Melody Durrett, ORTL President The COVID-19 pandemic has enlivened new respect for the value of human life. I was shocked listening to (pro-abortion) Governor Cuomo’s speech on March 24, 2020. Quoted by the New York Times, he said, “[people are] not expendable and we’re not going to accept a premise that human life is…

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ORTL Delivers Late-Term Abortion Report to Lawmakers

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

Oregon has no restrictions whatsoever on abortion (or even the abortion industry). Oregon does, however, keep fairly good records on abortion in Oregon. We took the annual statistics and made a comprehensive report about late-term abortion in Oregon. One staff member said that the report was the most visually-compelling and appealing piece of material they…

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Pro-Life Work Continues in Pandemic

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

By Nickie Snyder, Community Outreach Specialist Like you, our worlds have been flipped upside down by this pandemic. Here in the Education Foundation office, Dawn, our events coordinator, and I are not even working together in the same location due to social distancing. I’m working from my home while she works out of the home…

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Jackson County Chair Gives 23 Years of Service

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

Bryan Platt knows his statistics don’t exactly help him win arguments. As a 66-year-old grandfather, he’s approaching “snow bird” status. He is also white, Republican and a devoted Christian.  And yet Bryan is unapologetic when it comes to the humanity of the unborn. Truth, he insists, applies to everyone, no matter their labels.  “It was…

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Life in Oregon Editor Retires After 25 Years

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

Don’t ever tell Eugene resident Cindy Rahm that county fair booths can’t change lives. When Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973, Cindy had no strong feelings on the matter. But in the early 1980s, she visited the Lane County Fair and saw an Oregon Right to Life booth. The powerful display shook the mother of three…

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Action Alert: Vote in the May Primary

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

In mid-March, Bev Clarno — Oregon Secretary of State — announced that Oregon’s May primary election would continue as planned. Oregon’s vote-by-mail infrastructure ensures that we can safely practice social distancing while exercising our democratic right to vote by May 19. Oregon Right to Life PAC worked hard to deliver our voter guide (on page…

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Oregon Hosts 40 Days for Life Campaigns

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

Pro-life advocates around the globe recently participated in the 26th 40 Days for Life campaign. There were a number here in Oregon. We hope to eventually feature all of Oregon’s faithful sidewalk advocates, but here are a couple stories. More than 50 Portland-area advocates arrived at Lovejoy Surgicenter for the campaign kickoff on March 7,…

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Chemeketa Students Stand for Life

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

Meet the Chemeketa Community College SFL group, including president (and part-time ORTL employee) Marcos Sanchez and vice president Hannah Anderson. Favorite group outreach ever? MS: I enjoy sparking conversation on campus, as that’s how hearts and minds will be changed. My biggest goal is to have them, at the very least, thinking, “Gosh, that pro-lifer wasn’t…

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Health Authority Releases 2019 Death with Dignity Report

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

By Crystal Kupper, Editor, Life in Oregon The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released their latest data summary of the state’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA). The law — in effect since 1998 — allows Oregonians with terminal illnesses the right to kill themselves with governmental blessing through ingestion of death-inducing pharmaceuticals.  DWDA requires annual information…

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Oregon Wraps Up Legislative Session

By ORTL | May 14, 2020

By Liberty Pike Every other year, Oregon has a short legislative session which was originally intended to handle emergencies and funding issues. Unfortunately, the Democrat supermajority in the Oregon Legislature doesn’t abide by those standards, like when they rammed through House Bill 4135 in 2018. (Read all about HB 4135 by googling “ORTL HB 4135.”)…

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ORTL Challenges Abortion Coverage Mandate

By ORTL | February 8, 2020

On January 14, Oregon Right to Life (ORTL) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, challenging the abortion-related health insurance coverage mandated by the 2017 Oregon Reproductive Health Equity Act. Oregon requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for abortions. The narrow, existing exceptions are not guaranteed and could be removed. As…

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“You’re Welcome” and “Thank You”

By Lois Anderson | February 8, 2020

Often, supporters will tell me thank you and I always want to respond by saying, “No! Thank YOU!” I feel so much gratitude for each person who takes action after they read an email, share information with their church, give a donation, or spend precious time organizing pro-life activities. There are thousands of you covering…

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Action Alert

By ORTL | February 8, 2020

Support SB 1523 and HB 4048 Please urge your legislators to support SB 1523 the Born-Alive Infants Protection bill andHB 4048 the 20-Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection bill. Oregon currently has zero protections for a baby in the womb or a baby born alive during an abortion procedure. These bills would help close those gaps and move Oregon…

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Pro-Life Legislation for the 2020 Session

By Jessica Stanton | February 8, 2020

Abortion is legal for all nine months in Oregon, a tragic reality for the past 47 years under Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. It may be the current legal reality but it has been and will always be reprehensible. As you read this, the 2020 Oregon legislative session is underway. Oregon Right to Life has introduced…

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Eastern Oregon Legislators Remain Pro-Life

By Reagan Knopp | February 8, 2020

The retirement of Cliff Bentz from the Oregon State Senate at the very beginning of the year created a domino effect in Eastern Oregon politics. Republican precinct committee persons met to select a new state senator and state representative. On a cold day in early January, Republican PCPs from across Senate District 30 met in…

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Doctors are Increasingly Euthanizing Patients to Harvest Their Organs

By ORTL | February 9, 2020

My very first anti-euthanasia column, published in Newsweek (June 27, 1993 in Human Exceptionalism), warned that societal acceptance of assisted suicide/euthanasia would eventually include organ harvesting “as a plum to society.” I was called an alarmist and a fear-monger, but alas, I was right. In Belgium and the Netherlands, mentally ill and disabled people are killed in hospitals…

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Pro-Life PCPs Are Still Important

By Reagan Knopp | February 10, 2020

The excitement of the 2020 election is here. We are already fielding calls from many prospective pro-life candidates for office. Before you know it, the May primary election will be upon us. One thing that can get lost in the busyness of this primary election season is the importance of local precinct committee persons (PCPs).…

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Pro-life Pregnancy Centers Offer Hope and Healing

By ORTL | February 10, 2020

A frequent claim by pro-abortion activists is that the pro-life movement doesn’t care about women. The courageous work of pro-life pregnancy help centers on behalf of babies, moms, and dads, however, tells an entirely different story. I’ve often said that these centers are where the “rubber meets the road” in changing hearts and saving lives…

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Miracle of Life Display

By Dawn Powers | February 10, 2020

As we enter a new decade and a new year, we are excited to unveil a brand new pro-life resource to share with all of our advocates and friends of Oregon Right to Life. We’re calling it the Miracle of Life display. We offer both church and school versions. Please make sure to specify which…

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Our First Years

By ORTL | February 10, 2020

Excerpts from an article by dave Porter Life in Oregon, august-September, 1995 Four families, the Kleins, the Klupengers, the Betscharts, and the Hertls, recognized the need to organize a pro-life group. With the pro-bono help of attorney Fred Granata, on August 22, 1970, they submitted incorporation papers to the state of Oregon as “Right to…

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Medication Abortions on the Rise

By ORTL | February 10, 2020

By Crystal Kupper Even as overall abortion rates have declined in the United States, one specific abortion method has steadily grown in usage: medication abortion. Also known as RU-486, the abortion pill, or mifepristone, this two-drug regimen first blocks progesterone which causes the lining of the mother’s uterus to break down, cutting off blood and…

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Lifenotes

By ORTL | February 10, 2020

Supreme Court: Kentucky’s pro-life law standsIn early December, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a ruling which upheld a Kentucky law (HB 2) that requires abortionists to perform an ultrasound, describe the results to the mother, and play the unborn baby’s heartbeat aloud before an abortion. Doctors who violate the law…

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March for Life

By ORTL | January 13, 2020

We’re just over a month away from the Oregon March for Life on Saturday, January 25. Dr. Karen Gaffney of Portland is our featured speaker. She is an accomplished human rights advocate, achieving an honorary doctorate. Dr. Gaffney is also a renowned long-distance swimmer, conquering the English Channel and Lake Tahoe, among other large bodies…

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Together We Advocate 2020

By ORTL | January 14, 2020

The Largest Pro-Life Conference in the PNW February 29, 2020Rolling Hills Community ChurchTualatin, Oregon General sessions with exciting speakers Workshops featuring local and national pro-life leaders that will help you effectively advocate in your family, community and beyond Networking and sharing with pro-life advocates from all over the PNW You may register online at togetherweadvocate.org or call…

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Our Compassionate Message

By ORTL | January 15, 2020

I had an epiphany sitting at Launch (formerly Camp Joshua) at 16 years old. I witnessed a panel of post-abortive women speak about the complex trauma and pain they experienced. These women described situations in life that felt impossible to them at the time and which ultimately led them to abortion.  In each story, I…

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Bittersweet Changes

By Lois Anderson | January 16, 2020

I used to say when I was political director–and I still believe it is true—that working for Oregon Right to Life PAC is the best political job in the state. Of course, this is primarily because we are working together in the great human rights movement of our time. It is also because, over the…

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Congressman Greg Walden Announces Retirement

By Reagan Knopp | January 17, 2020

At the end of October, Congressman Greg Walden announced he will not be seeking re-election. He has served as the congressional representative from House District 2 since 1998. Representative Greg Walden has a strong pro-life voting record and was endorsed in 2018 by the National Right to Life Committee. In 2017 he voted in favor…

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They’re Not Outliers. They’re the Face of Legal Abortion

By ORTL | January 18, 2020

Many Americans are reeling from the news that deceased abortionist George Klopfer stockpiled 2,246 bodies of his aborted victims in his Illinois home. The White House called for an investigation and the Attorneys General in both Illinois and Indiana announced they will launch a probe. If abortion advocates claim this abortionist is just an outlier…

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20/20 Vision

By ORTL | January 20, 2020

Seeing Oregon’s euthanasia trajectory clearly The term “twenty-twenty” conjures up thoughts of the New Year, elections, hindsight and visual acuity. It incites me to make sure we all see clearly Oregon’s end-of-life landscape, the path the  culture of assisted suicide activism is aiming to take us, and the threat that trajectory poses to all of…

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2020 ORTLEF Contests

By ORTL | January 20, 2020

“Life is a Beautiful Story” The Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation contest program provides the opportunity for pro-life students to engage in the creative process in a way that inspires excellence and lifelong advocacy.  2020 Contest Theme: “Life is a Beautiful Story” Contest Categories: Drawing Kinder — 12th grade Oratory 11th and 12th grades Short Film:…

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Supreme Court to hear Louisiana abortion case

By ORTL | January 20, 2020

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear a case, June Medical Services v. Gee, regarding a pro-life law in Louisiana that requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges at a nearby hospital for when patients require medical attention for abortion complications. The Supreme Court struck down a similar Texas law in 2016,…

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Launch: Igniting a generation of pro-life advocates!

By ORTL | January 21, 2020

We’ve been prioritizing reaching and training Oregon’s youth for a long time. Our pro-life youth leadership retreat Launch has a proven track record of inspiring and activating young adults. It is exciting and rewarding to watch them change the movement for the better. Bethany Janzen (right in photo) is one of those people. She attended…

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U.S. abortion numbers drop to lowest ever

By ORTL | January 21, 2020

Abortion numbers have not been this low since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion on demand in 1973. The Guttmacher Institute, formerly Planned Parenthood’s research arm, collects data from every abortion facility in the country. The Centers for Disease Control also issues an annual abortion report. However, it is not as…

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Life Notes

By ORTL | January 21, 2020

40 Days for Life campaign saves babies This fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign, from September 25 through November 2, resulted in the lives of 454 unborn babies being saved from abortion. It was the largest 40 Days for Life campaign in history, with 505 cities in 30 countries participating. 40 Days for Life is…

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President Trump’s extensive pro-life record

By ORTL | January 21, 2020

In many ways since he was elected in 2016, President Trump has shown himself to be an advocate for unborn babies, their mothers and the pro-life movement. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, who served as chair of President Trump’s Pro-Life Coalition, explained, “From stopping taxpayer funding of abortion and of experimentation involving aborted…

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Abortion Numbers Dramatically Decline

By Lois Anderson | November 2, 2019

Fantastic news was released on September 17. The most recent Guttmacher Institute report shows that the number of abortions in the United States has reached another low. Guttmacher’s numbers are more accurate than those from the Centers for Disease Control since those exclude California, Maryland, and New Hampshire. While we can be encouraged by these…

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Unions and Abortion: What You Need to Know

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

You can be pro-union and pro-life. Lots of people are. I love having conversations with hardworking union members who want good pay and working conditions and want the rights of the unborn protected at the same time. It is possible, and it is what I hope for our unions in this state and nation. Sadly,…

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Political Advocacy Brings Pro-Life Results

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

We are still months from the busyness that comes with the 2020 election cycle. In the meantime, our political advocacy team is finding opportunities to win crucial political victories for the pro-life movement, proving that vigilance and hard work do pay off. GOP remains pro-life party The Oregon Republican Party, the only pro-life major party…

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Atteberry Award Recognizes Pro-Life Legislators

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

We are fortunate to have so many advocates fighting for life in the Oregon Legislature. This year we began a new tradition with the Atteberry Award. This award is named in honor of Gayle Atteberry, our long time former executive director who began her career as Oregon Right to Life’s first full-time lobbyist in the…

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The Battle Continues | Assisted Suicide and Infanticide 

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

In recent years — and this year is no exception — we have seen legislation in Congress and in statehouses dealing with life issues, particularly those at the beginning and end of life. There is a battle over the value of human life and to what extent it should be protected. Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and…

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Oregon Withdraws from the Title X Program

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

Last month, Governor Brown turned down roughly $3.1 million in annual funding from the federal Title X program. In doing so, she placed Planned Parenthood’s interests over the interests of some 50,000 Oregonians who depend on the program for their health care. For over 40 years, the Title X program has provided states with funds…

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Stories From the Fair

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

Oregon Right to Life’s educational booth at the Oregon State Fair was certainly inspirational for the tens of thousands of visitors. Lives were changed as fair-goers handled lifelike baby models, watched the developmental video, and listened to the baby’s heartbeat on our special retro telephone. Our volunteers captured moments from their own experience serving at…

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Oregon Teen Wins Oratory Contest

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

Ruth Hailey, Oregon’s contestant in the 2019 National Right to Life oratory contest, received her first place award from Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. Hailey won the Washington County and our state oratory contests in order to qualify. She traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to compete in the national event.…

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Shopping and Saving Lives

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

There is a way that you can give to our education foundation by simply doing something you probably already do every week … shopping! If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon, you can advocate for life in Oregon at no cost to you. Fred Meyer Community Rewards If you are a current Fred Meyer…

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Legislative Wrap-Up

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

The 2019 legislative session was long and bruising. While Jessica Stanton, Oregon Right to Life’s lobbyist, pounded the proverbial pavement in the halls of the Capitol, pro-life advocates backed her up. Over 10,000 emails were sent to legislators and over 1,000 phone calls were made. Here is what we accomplished: We knew going into the…

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Jane Groff Retires

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

Jane Groff retired in June 2019 after nearly 30 years on the Oregon Right to Life staff. Jane began her pro-life work in Oregon as a member of the Corvallis chapter in the early 1980s. She quickly became involved in chapter projects. Over the years she has served in many volunteer and paid positions. These…

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Life Notes

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

AMA retains opposition to assisted suicide Following several years of interim and annual meetings, the American Medical Association held the line against pressure to promote euthanizing patients. By a one-sided margin of 65-35, physician members of the Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs affirmed CEJA 2, the report recommending the AMA retain its opposition to…

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Pro-life Pregnancy Centers Offer Hope and Healing

By Reagan Knopp | November 2, 2019

A frequent claim by pro-abortion activists is that the pro-life movement doesn’t care about women. The courageous work of pro-life pregnancy help centers on behalf of babies, moms, and dads, however, tells an entirely different story. I’ve often said that these centers are where the “rubber meets the road” in changing hearts and saving lives…

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Pro-Life School Board Candidates Defeat the Abortion Industry

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

By: David Kilada, Oregon Right to Life Political Director Election night brought encouraging news as pro-life candidates were elected to school board positions across the state. In races prioritized by Oregon Right to Life PAC, more than two-thirds of our pro-life candidates won. In every race where an endorsed candidate ran against someone supported by…

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ORTLEF Dinner & Auction

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

2019 Dinner and Auction Theme: Snow Ball Each Life is as Unique as a Snowflake Saturday, September 28 I Holiday Inn I Salem, Oregon 5 p.m. Silent Auction I 6:45 p.m. Dinner I 7:30 p.m. Oral Auction $53 per person (not tax-deductible) Proceeds from our annual auction benefit the educational programs and activities of Oregon…

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The National Conversation Continues

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Recent actions by state legislatures – both pro-life and pro-abortion – have fed a sustained national conversation, in the media and amongst the public, about abortion, mothers and babies. There was something in the wake of the social media firestorm over the Alabama law that struck me in a particular way — how comments and…

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Don’t Expect to Lose!

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

If you want some encouragement, I suggest you read this issue’s front page article about the good news from election night. However, despite many pro-life victories on May 21, the races we didn’t win have been on my mind the most. It has becoming increasingly clear to me that one significant reason some pro-life candidates…

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Advocating at the Capitol

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

  At our annual Roe v. Wade Memorial and March, we charged each and every one of you to be bold in contacting your legislators and to be courageous in continuing to speak the truth. Since then, you have not stopped taking action. You have been courageous and bold. Together we have made significant steps…

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Late-Term Abortion: A Tragic “Solution”

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

“I hear you are going to have a boy. Congratulations! Unfortunately, after reviewing your ultrasound, there are a few concerning images.” Those were the words Samantha Williams and countless other parents have heard following their 20-week ultrasounds. The 20-week ultrasound appointment lasts between an hour and an hour and a half. The technician measures every…

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FDA issues warning against internet abortion drugs

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

The Federal Drug Administration has issued warning letters to two abortion groups that are selling abortion drugs over the internet to American women who have not seen a doctor. After a brief interview with an abortionist over a smartphone app, the abortion pills are mailed. This app-to-mailbox abortion pill scheme is already available in five…

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Senator Jackie Winters: In Memoriam

Senator Jackie Winters: In Memoriam

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Senator Jackie Winters (R, SD 10) passed away Wednesday, May 29, after a battle with lung cancer. She was 82 and was the state’s longest serving black senator. Fully convinced that everyone deserves an advocate, she had a 100% pro-life voting record and was endorsed by ORTL PAC. “It has been an honor to work…

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Memorials

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Oregon Right to Life is very grateful for recent gifts in memory of: • Schnee Elise Bedford, Medford • Marion Frichtl, Salem • George and Della Lee, Sheridan • Daniel Pokorney, LaGrande • Glen Richards, Clackamas We are also thankful for recent gifts in honor of: • Hadley Grace, Albany • Dawn Stover, Hillsboro

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Keeping a Pro-Life Heritage

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

I have been hearing a lot lately about children leaving behind the heritage of beliefs they grew up with and accepting some of the mantra of culture once they go away to college. This trend is being noted whether the topic is religious faith, origin of the world, or the social topic of the day.…

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2019 ORTLEF Contests

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners in the recent ORTLEF Essay, Drawing, and Oratory Contest. Oratory Contest • 1st — Ruth Hailey, Washington County • 2nd — Madison Clark, Josephine County • 3rd — Meredith Brann, Wallowa County Essay Contests Grades 5-6: • Rebekah Prewitt, Yamhill County • Sophia Cacka, Mt. Angel/Holy…

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QCDs: Support Life and Save Money

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Have you heard of qualified charitable deductions (QCDs)? If you haven’t, we’d like to explain how taking advantage of them can save you money and help the pro-life cause. A QCD is a direct distribution from your IRA to a qualified 501(c)(3) charity like the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation (ORTLEF). Here is simple…

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: One State Passes, Five States Reject

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Currently seven states allow the practice of physician-assisted suicide (PAS). They include California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Washington, DC also permits assisted suicide. This legislative season has seen several states tackle physician-assisted suicide legislation. New Jersey became the eighth state to allow PAS when a bill passed the Assembly (41-33) and the…

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Action Alert!

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Volunteer for your county’s summer fair booth! Summertime is full of memories for all of us! Many think back to our local county fair we visited each summer, how our families braved the carnival rides and frequented the 4-H barn to see the animals. This year you can see the fair with the eyes of…

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2019 Conference

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Over 400 people from around the Pacific Northwest joined us for Together We Advocate 2019, this year’s annual conference. They spent the day learning from top pro-life educators and advocates, as well as enjoying opportunities to network together. Many came for their first time and left eager for next year’s conference. Stay tuned for a…

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Life Notes

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Court Rules for Christian organizations in abortion mandate In early December, a federal district court issued an order that permanently prevents the federal government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s abortion pill mandate against six Christian organizations that object to providing coverage for abortifacients. Obamacare has forced most employers — regardless of their moral or…

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A Parson of Influence

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

It helps Republicans. No, it helps Democrats. When it comes to the surge of pro-life bills in the states, the media can’t seem to decide which party has the momentum. But, in places like Missouri, the political benefits are the last thing on anyone’s minds. If you ask leaders like Governor Mike Parson (R-MO), there’s…

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Launch 2019

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

The 2019 class of Launch students came from around the state to study and learn advocacy skills to speak for those of all ages. They listened to expert guest lecturers, heard heart-wrenching stories from a post-abortive panel, and spent a full day immersed in the best pro-life techniques. Students also traveled to Portland, where they…

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40 Days for Life

By ORTL | July 18, 2019

Jan Gorder, Therese Ruesink and Marie Barzen participated in the 40 Days for Life Campaign this spring in front of the Lovejoy SurgiCenter, a Portland abortion clinic. This spring’s 40 Days for Life Campaign, from March 6 through April 14, resulted in the lives of 748 unborn babies being saved from abortion. 40 Days for…

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Celebrating Infanticide?

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

By Lois Anderson ORTL Director On January 22, 2019, the 46th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called Reproductive Health Act. Among other provisions, it eliminated limits on third-trimester abortions in New York. Attendees at the signing cheered and the top of One World Trade Center was lit…

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Upcoming Events Apr-May 2019

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

Forty Days for Life Through April 14 For a location near you, visit www.40daysforlife.com Together We Advocate: 2019 The Largest Pro-Life Conference in the PNW April 6 Tualatin — Rolling Hills Community Church (new location) StandUpGirl.com Gala Dinner May 14 Northern Willamette Valley — Oregon Golf Club ORTLEF Annual Auction September 28 Salem, Oregon All StandUpGirl.com…

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2019 Dinner and Auction

By diana nashif | April 1, 2019

SNOWBALL September 28 –  Holiday Inn  – Salem, Oregon 5 p.m. Silent Auction  6:45 p.m. Dinner  7:30 p.m. Oral Auction $53 per person (non-deductible) Proceeds from our annual auction benefit the educational programs and activities of Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation throughout the year. You’ll have a fun evening while you help make our…

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Turning Emotions Into Action

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

Social media has made it so easy to quickly post opinions and share articles. We often do it without considering the consequences. We have such powerful tools, but are we putting them to good use? Keeping up on the issues is important. Many professions have continuing education requirements to maintain a license. Since doing our…

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What Does Proactive Pro-Life Leadership Look Like?

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

Good leadership is heavy on my mind as I write this. I just attended the funeral of pro-life champion and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. I heard many speak of his selfless and effective service. His passing reminded me that Oregon desperately needs his kind of leadership at all levels of government. Leaders like Dennis…

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2019 Legislative Session Update

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

We knew this legislative session was going to be tough, but two months in we have accomplished a lot! We are resolved and prepared for more battles to come. We have introduced four pieces of pro-life legislation. We continue to promote common sense bills that would protect babies from painful, late-term, and sex-selective abortions. We’ve…

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Pro-Life School Board Candidates Step Forward to Advocate

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

A few years ago, Oregon Right to Life discovered that Planned Parenthood staff were teaching in some classes in the Salem-Keizer School District. Then in 2017, a Planned Parenthood board member ran for a position on the school district board. Clearly, the abortion industry is targeting local schools, and not just in Salem-Keizer. Knowing this,…

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States’ Abortion-related Legislation

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

In the past few months, three political events have significantly impacted abortion rights politics. In the November elections, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while pro-life Republicans increased their ground in the U.S. Senate. On January 22, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the radical Reproductive Health Act. It legalized abortion…

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Dennis Richardson: In Memoriam

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson passed away February 26, 2019 of complications from brain cancer. Dennis served Oregon as a city councilor, state representative, and Secretary of State. He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a helicopter pilot. Dennis Richardson entered his first political race when Oregon Right to Life PAC…

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Precious Pockets Touch Hearts

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

A few years ago, it was common to find hard, plastic baby models at Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation booths. They were accurate for the fetal age and were inexpensive to hand out in large quantities. But they didn’t seem very much like a real baby, and this realization began our journey toward something…

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Memorial Gifts

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

You can honor loved ones by making a contribution in another person’s name and also benefit the work of Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation. If you are in the season of life when you are documenting your own wishes, you can also indicate that you would like memorial gifts to be given to Oregon…

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Memorials Apr-May-2019

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

Oregon Right to Life is very grateful for recent gifts in memory of: Joseph Occhipinti, Medford Christopher Clements Sr., Eagle Creek

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Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Numbers All Time high

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

The Oregon Health Authority released its latest report on the “Death With Dignity” Act (DWDA) which legalized physician-assisted suicide. In 2018, the number of Oregonians reported to have committed assisted suicide and the number of obtained lethal prescriptions were both record highs. There were 168 assisted suicides, up from 158 in 2017. Two hundred and…

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Fatal Flaws Screening

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

William Toffler, M.D., Charles Bentz, M.D., Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and Kenneth Stevens, M.D. and President of Physicians for Compassionate Care attended the Portland area screening of Fatal Flaws. Fatal Flaws is a documentary film that seeks to discover the truth about how euthanasia and assisted suicide are impacting the…

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Action Alert Apr-May 2019

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

Support The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act In The State Legislature Did you know that Oregon has no legal protections for unborn babies from conception to birth? You may have heard about politicians in other states speaking in support of infanticide. But did you know that Oregon does not even require medical care for babies born…

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Life Notes Apr-May 2019

By diana nashif | April 1, 2019

Trump’s pro-life commitment On January 18, President Trump sent a video message to participants in the annual March for Life, the nation’s largest pro-life demonstration. Trump promised, “Today I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I…

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Together We Advocate 2019

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

The Pacific Northwest’s largest pro-life conference! April 6, 2019 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Lunch included) Rolling Hills Community Church Tualatin, Oregon 3550 SW Borland Rd. General sessions with exciting speakers. Workshops featuring local and national pro-life leaders that will help you effectively advocate in your family, community, the Legislature and beyond. Networking and sharing…

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Roe v. Wade Memorial & March

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Saturday, January 19 • 2:30 p.m. Oregon Right to Life will hold its annual Roe v. Wade Memorial and March on a new day of the week — Saturday, January 19. The starting time will remain the same at 2:30 p.m. The move to Saturday is in response to a desire for our event to…

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Election 2018: Lose Some, Win Many

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Oregon’s pro-life advocates faced disappointment in the 2018 election results. Measure 106, the first pro-life measure to qualify for Oregon’s ballot since 2006, lost by 29 percent. Other losses in legislative races mean that there will be a pro-abortion supermajority in the Oregon Legislature. The mountain pro-life advocates are up against is that Oregon has…

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Together We Advocate 2019

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

The Pacific Northwest’s largest pro-life conference! April 6, 2019 Rolling Hills Community Church Tualatin, Oregon Featured Speakers: Josh Brahm Josh Brahm has worked in the pro-life movement since he was 18. After 12 years of full-time pro-life work, he launched Equal Rights Institute to maximize his impact for the movement. Josh’s primary passion is helping…

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It’s The Little Things

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

We all love the big win. That is what we are looking for in the end — the big win to overturn Roe. However, big wins rarely happen without a lot of little things happening first. My son plays high school football, as did his older brother. It has been wonderful for both of them,…

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Oregon GOP: Support Pro-Life Candidates

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

“If only the Republican Party in Oregon would abandon its stubbornness on life, we could succeed in this state.” Pro-life Oregonians are long familiar with this sentiment. For whatever reason, such a view has been resilient despite little, if any, evidence to back it up. In four out of the past five gubernatorial elections, Oregon…

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Election Results Highlight Importance of Local Positions

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

In 2016, House Bill 3391 was rammed through the legislature, forcing insurance companies to cover abortions with no deductible or copays. What may not be as well known is that this law also increases the leverage the state government has to pressure local governments to provide more abortions. To help counterbalance this, Oregon Right to…

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Kavanaugh Confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was finally sworn in on October 6, 2018. The process to confirm him was long and tumultuous. It was a crucial step. Replacing swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy with a strict constitutionalist could provide the number of votes needed to overturn Roe w. Wade in the future. Kavanaugh was…

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Abortion Cases That Could Impact Roe

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Abortion on demand in America may be a thing of the past sooner rather than later. That’s because a number of cases are poised to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the current term or near future that could overturn Roe v. Wade in part or in full. This means states could once…

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Top Ten Pro-Life Accomplishments of President Trump

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

1 — President Trump did the pro-life movement his greatest service by keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House. 2 — President Trump appointed two pro-life Supreme Court justices and dozens of other pro-life federal judges, more than any other president at this point in his term. 3 — President Trump gave the states…

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Memorials

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Oregon Right to Life is very grateful for recent gifts in memory of: Lorraine Amsberry, Tarpon Springs, FL Raymond Ramsay, Salem, OR

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Hope for Abortion Reversal

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

I’m encouraged by a relatively new procedure that, when performed early enough, offers hope to women who change their minds during a chemical abortion. Despite popular culture largely denying it, many women truly do regret their abortion. For some, it took years or decades before they realized what they had done to their child.* Others…

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2019 ORTLEF Contests

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Theme: Everyone Has The Right to Live Essay/Drawing Contests Theme: Everyone Has The Right to Live Drawing Contest — grades K through 12 Computer Generated Drawing Contest — grades 9 through 12 Essay Contest — grades 5 through 12 State-level contest winners receive cash prizes and will have their entries displayed at Together We Advocate…

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Qualified Charitable Deductions Support Life and Save Money

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Have you heard of qualified charitable deductions (QCDs)? If you haven’t, we’d like to explain how taking advantage of them can save you money and help the pro-life cause. A QCD is a direct distribution from your IRA custodian to a qualified 501(c)3 charity like the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation (ORTLEF). Here is…

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Abortion Industry Fails to Protect Women

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

After a long history of botched abortions and problems with the law, a notorious late-term abortionist lost his license to practice in another state. In early September, an appeals court ruled that the medical board was justified in revoking Steven Brigham’s license in New Jersey due to “gross negligence” involving about 250 late-term abortions. Brigham…

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Launch

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Pro-Life Leadership Training Open to students 16 to 21 Date: March 24-29, 2019 Salem — Macleay Christian Conference Center Application deadline: February 22, 2019 Cost: $150 (scholarships available) Keynote speaker: Alan Shlemon For nearly twenty years, young adults from Oregon and Southwest Washington have attended our intensive pro-life leadership training, formerly called Camp Joshua, over…

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Lifenotes

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

Government spends $100 million on aborted baby parts The Trump administration has begun taking steps to stop the purchasing of aborted baby body parts with federal tax dollars. The National Institute of Health, under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has given about $100 million in tax dollars to scientists using aborted baby…

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Mail Order Abortion Scheme

By ORTL | December 18, 2018

The Atlantic (10/18/2018) reported that a European abortion pill provider that has not previously shipped to the United States has quietly begun sending the abortion pill to this country. The organization, Women on Web, based in the Netherlands, has been shipping the pill to women around the world for years, often illegally. It sells the…

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