PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon is one of 17 states that uses state money to pay for abortions for low-income women who are eligible for Medicaid.
A measure on the state’s ballot this November could change that.
Measure 106 would block state funds from being used on abortions in all cases except for those that are medically necessary or required by federal law.
Measure 106 would also block state and public workers from having abortion coverage through Oregon health insurance plans.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in the state. Oregon has voted against previous attempts to cut state money used for abortions.
Supporters say the measure won’t eliminate abortions.
“If someone wants an abortion they can still seek one in the state of Oregon,” Nichole Bentz. “This is whether Oregonians want their tax dollars to continue funding abortions.”
But that’s not how others see it. Some, like Emily McLain, think the measure will do exactly that for a group of people who can’t afford the procedure.
“What Ballot Measure 106 does is say that, dependent on how much money you make or what kind of insurance you have, you can or can’t have access to abortion,” McLain said, “and that’s what we think is wrong.
“We believe Measure 106 is a part of an overall effort to chip away access to reproductive healthcare and chip away access to abortion,” she said.