We have important news to share that will shape Oregon’s political landscape in this crucial election year: Today we learned that 2 dangerous anti-choice constitutional amendments have FAILED to qualify for the November ballot. As a result, Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon can focus on a proactive agenda to secure a pro-women’s health majority in the Legislature, instead of defending ourselves from another set of attacks.
Together with our partners at the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon, we have been monitoring the signature-gathering process and building a campaign structure in the event of a ballot measure fight. At issue were 2 constitutional amendments that would have affected Oregon women’s access to reproductive health care:
Initiative Petition 22 would have amended the Oregon Constitution to declare “personhood” for fertilized eggs. This extreme measure could have resulted in outlawing birth control, in vitro fertilization and abortion even in the case of rape and incest.
Initiative Petition 25 would have amended the Oregon Constitution to prohibit access to medically necessary abortion coverage for low-income women. With no exception for the health of the woman, it would not only have denied many Oregon women access to the comprehensive health care they currently have, it would have denied services to women facing terrible health issues like cancer and severe fetal abnormalities.
Thankfully, Oregonians saw that these vague and confusing measures seriously threatened women’s health care. This is a major victory for choice – and a prime opportunity to keep our eyes on the prize. Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon is already interviewing candidates, making endorsements and registering voters to ensure a strong turnout in November. By making a donation today, you can help us achieve these goals. (Remember, the Oregon State Political Tax Credit allows Oregonians to give $50 per person or $100 per couple to the PAC of their choice and receive this amount back at tax time.)