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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…


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…


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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…


Upcoming Events Apr-May 2019

By ORTL | April 1, 2019

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

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2019 Dinner and Auction

By ORTL | 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…


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…


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…

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…

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…