Oregon State passed a bill that requires all insurance companies within the state to provide free abortion services to all, including illegal immigrants.
While, on one side we see President Trump imposing a travel ban, tightening immigration rules and building walls to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States, on the other hand the lawmakers in Oregon have pushed for a bill to allocate $10 million of taxpayer dollars on this reproductive health care bill.
The “Reproductive Health Equity Act”, was passed by a 33-23 votes most of which were by Democrats “Even while the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress are trying to strip away reproductive rights, Oregon is ensuring access regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity, or type of insurance,” stated the House Democrats.
The bill that was passed without a single vote from the Republic party is noted as “political gift card to Planned Parenthood.”
“This highly contentious bill isn’t about health care or about people, it is a political gift card to Planned Parenthood,” stated Jonathan Lockwood, communications director for the Senate Republican Caucus.
Gayle Atteberry, highlighted that this was perhaps another attempt by the Democrats to support “one of their primary campaign supporters, Planned Parenthood.”
“This terrible legislation is just another example of how Oregon’s largest abortion provider’s only real concern is for their financial bottom line,” Atteberry stated.
“The Oregon Health Authority testified [Thursday] that HB 3391-B will provide almost $500,000 more for abortions. Make no mistake: most of this money is going to Planned Parenthood,” she emphasized.
Furthermore, Republican state Rep. Jodi Hack talked of the passing of this bill as “the saddest day I have experienced in the Oregon Legislature.”
“It’s extremely disheartening that House Democrats have decided to move forward with this bill despite overwhelming concerns from employers and religious Oregonians,” Hack stated.
“Oregonians have a right to access reproductive care, but that does not mean Oregon employers should be forced to forfeit their right to hold true to their deeply held religious beliefs,” she urged.