The Oregon legislature recently passed a bill that would force insurers to provide free abortions, with no religious exemptions. It would also increase the amount of national taxpayer funds that sponsor abortions for all Medicaid recipients, including noncitizens.
House Bill 3391 would require insurers to provide abortions at no cost to the patient, regardless of her citizenship status, gender, or income, without any religious exemptions. It would also require the state to pay an additional $500,000 in taxpayer-sponsored contraception and abortions for noncitizens under the state’s Medicaid program.
Currently, Oregon already spends almost $2 million in federal taxpayer funds annually to pay for 3,500 abortions for noncitizens who otherwise don’t qualify for the state’s health-care program. The bill would increase the state’s abortion spending by about 25 percent, and use federal tax dollars to do it because Medicaid is a federally funded program. That means taxpayers all around the country will be funding abortions for Oregonians and noncitizens under this bill.
In some states such as New York, abortions are cost-free if they’re deemed medically necessary. The Oregon bill is unique, however, in that patients would have access to the procedure for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.
Pro-life leaders also say that because abortion is legal throughout all nine months in Oregon, tax dollars will not only pay for killing viable babies via late-term abortions but will pay for infanticides as well from botched abortions when the baby is delivered alive.
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The bill exempts churches and religious charities from being forced to pay for abortion insurance coverage for their employees. But because the bill also requires all Oregon insurance companies to cover abortion, Christians are concerned that if the bill is signed into law there may not be any insurance policies available that don’t pay for abortion.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill. She enthusiastically tweeted her support for it just last week.
Yes! Yes! Yes! "Oregon Legislature Approves Reproductive Services Bill Covering Abortions, Contraceptives" https://t.co/8ifkUIHHXo
— Kate Brown (@KateBrownForOR) July 6, 2017