Legislation

A Trailblazing Bill for Women's Health

March 6, 2015 - As part of a diverse coalition of organizations committed to expanding access to women’s health care, we are thrilled to announce that Senate Bill 894 has been introduced in the Oregon Legislature.

This groundbreaking legislation is an important step in ensuring that more Oregonians – regardless of their income, type of insurance or location – have access to safe and affordable reproductive health care.

We believe every Oregon woman should have access to the full range of reproductive health care, starting before she ever becomes pregnant and going through childbirth. This basic right is a foundation of freedom and opportunity for women and their families.

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Anti-Choice Measure Fails to Qualify for 2012 Ballot

July 6, 2012 - We are thrilled to announce that Initiative Petition 25 (IP 25), a dangerous anti-choice constitutional amendment has failed to qualify for the November ballot. Reporting only 70,000 signatures gathered over the last several months, proponents of the measure fell far short of the legally required 116,000 valid signatures. Today’s news shows that Oregonians are committed to women’s health and refuse to support laws that impose government interference on our personal private decisions.

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REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: Unconstitutional Restrictions on Abortions (HB 3512) (2011)

HB 3512, sponsored by almost all of the House Republicans, would have prohibited a woman from obtaining an abortion after 20 weeks except in limited circumstances. Banning abortions starting at 20 weeks – which is a pre-viability stage of pregnancy – directly contradicts longstanding U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

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REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM: Expanding Aggravated Murder Statute (SB 982, SB 984, HB 3505) (2009)

Normally, reproductive rights and death penalty issues do not intersect, but at the very end of session, they did. SB 982, SB 984 and HB 3505 were all introduced in response to the horrendous murder that occurred in Beaverton resulting in the death of a pregnant woman and the stillbirth of her infant. As explained below, ACLU opposed all three proposals. 

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