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Oregon's History

Oregon is the only state in America with NO protective pro-life laws. Oregon also legalized abortion before Roe v. Wade.

1969 – Oregon became one of the first states to legalize abortion. SB 193 legalized abortion during the first 150 days of pregnancy. SB 193 allowed a licensed physician to perform an abortion on an Oregon resident in the following circumstances:

  • The baby has a physical or mental handicap
  • The baby was conceived by rape or other criminal intercourse
  • The pregnancy poses a substantial risk to the mother’s physical or mental health.

SB 193 also required all abortions to be performed by a physician and in a hospital. Before any abortion took place, two physicians had to certify in writing that the woman’s circumstances justified the abortion.

1973 – Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton established abortion on-demand in America from conception to birth. You can read more about those decisions here.

1983 – SB 397 repealed the 1969 law, along with all its restrictions on abortion. The bill was passed for the expressed purpose of protecting unrestricted abortion in Oregon if Roe/Doe were overturned.

2017 – HB 3391 forces insurance companies operating in Oregon to fully cover abortion procedures with no co-pay or deductible. The law also expanded taxpayer funding of abortion, effectually making abortion free in Oregon.