Oregon Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Insurance Companies to Cover Abortion

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Lawmakers in Oregon have passed a bill that requires insurance companies in the state to cover abortions at no cost to mothers.

The state Senate passed H.B. 3391 on Wednesday along party lines after it cleared the House on July 1.

“A health benefit plan offered in this state must provide coverage for all of the following services, drugs, devices, products and procedures,” the bill reads, including abortion, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, among other services, in the list.

It also provides an exemption for religious businesses and nonprofits, outlining that “[a]n insurer may offer to a religious employer a health benefit plan that does not include coverage for contraceptives or abortion procedures that are contrary to the religious employer’s religious tenets,” but only if if the insurer sends a detailed notice to employees to advise which services their employer declines to cover.

Employees can still obtain the desired contraceptives and abortions, however, as the bill also provides that the Oregon Health Authority “shall design a program to provide statewide access to abortion coverage for Oregon residents enrolled in [such] health benefit plans.”

The legislation created much contention in both the House and Senate as Republicans were horrified that an estimated half a million dollars would be used for abortions.

“I can’t reconcile in my mind how anyone who has a walk with God can support this,” said Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, who emotionally shared that he lost his premie granddaughter as an infant. “I just can’t get there with you.”

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“We pursue a culture of death in this country. It’s pervasive. It’s everywhere. It’s in our movies, our TV shows, our video games, our magazines. It’s down the street,” also lamented Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend. “The souls of 50 million babies in our country cry out for justice, and I know God hears them. The question, colleagues, is will we hear their cries for justice?”

Democrats framed their argument in support of the bill around women’s rights and assistance for the poor.

“Unintended pregnancies can perpetuate cycles of poverty, and we can help stop it. It is a woman’s right to choose when and if she is ready in her life to have a child,” said Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Portland, according to ABC News.

Gov. Kate Brown, also a Democrat, said that she would sign the bill into law. It goes into effect immediately.

“The ability to control our bodies and make informed decisions about health are critical to providing all Oregonians the opportunity to achieve our full potential and live productive, thriving lives,” she told the Washington Times. “Attempts to deny access to contraceptives and family planning are an attack on all Oregonians, particularly women of color, low-income and young women.”

Planned Parenthood is stated to have helped author the measure.

As previously reported, Philadelphia legal writer, educator and Christian apologist Francis Wharton, who wrote several books on American law, penned an entire chapter on abortion in his book “American Criminal Law,” which was published in 1855.

Wharton called abortionists “persons who are ready to degrade their humanity to this occupation” and stated in regard to abortion in general, “Such conduct cannot be too strongly condemned, and is the more deserving of receiving the punishment awarded for the criminal offense in question.”

He proceeded to outline the wonders of fetal development in his book, showing that even in the fourth and fifth week of development, the facial features of the baby are distinctly recognized.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    abortion =racism ……….

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    On The Other Hand, Womb Transplants Are Coming For Gay, Transgender And Straight Men Who Want To Carry A Child

    /SMH …………

    • zampogna

      Don’t worry, it’s not compulsory. And most people won’t do it.

  • FoJC

    No company should be forced to pay for an abortion, including insurance companies. The demons promoting abortion in the world are hungry for innocent blood to be shed. Diabolical on every level. Judgement is coming.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

  • cadcoke5

    On a similar issue, I have been seeking ethical insurance for my company to be able to offer to their employees. It would need to omit the emergency contraceptives that has a chance of causing a true abortion (I added true, because the pro-abortion establishments have re-defined pregnancy so it does not begin at conception, so they can avoid the word abortion during early pregnancy)
    I was never able to get an answer if this was because the Obamacare law required it, or because the insurance companies were pro-abortion. I called many insurers and insurance agents, but failed to find one that omitted the morally objectionable parts.
    The Hobby Lobby case was never fully settled. The government was required to come up with an accommodation, but their accommodation was pure smoke and mirrors. This issue has not been revisited by the courts yet. But, if this issue were to be settled in favor of Hobby Lobby, it would essentially say that Oregon’s new law is a violateon of the U.S. Constitution.

    • Blake Paine

      Hobby Lobby was fully settled. The employees have a right to have the coverage even if the state has to pay for it, Hobby Lobby just said that the government has to insure its provision is received. Having the state require that all insurance companies supply such coverage for free is an excellent way to insure universal coverage and avoid the business’s excuse that they don’t want to pay for it.

      Remember, the ruling specifically prohibits the business from providing incomplete health care for their employees when it lists what the ruling does not do:

      ”…nor does it provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.” p. 6

  • InTheChurch

    The price of body parts just went down in Oregon

  • Lydia Church

    Abortion is murder. The bloodguilt is upon them. The woman gave up the choice ‘not to have a child,’ when she had sex. The only way I’m having sex is when I am married to a man and can stay home with the kids. Sorry, but everything else is a recipe for trouble.

    • Sharon Diehl

      Abortion is reproductive health care. For example:

      “Safe, legal abortion is a necessary component of women’s health care. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the availability of high-quality reproductive health services for all women and is committed to improving access to abortion.

      “American Medical Association: “[We] oppose legislative interference with the practice of medicine and a woman’s relationship with her doctor… Access to safe and legal abortion is an important aspect of women’s health care. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States.”

      You are free to live your bible-humping life as you wish, dear. You are not free to demand that other women live as you would choose for them.

      There are other religious tomes in the world besides the buybull, er, I mean bible. There is the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao-te-ching, the Talmud, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Dasam Granth, the Tripiṭaka, the Book of Mormon, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. Take your pick; religion is cultural.

  • Shane Egan

    And yet many of the ‘loving Christians’ here support the reform of Healthcare which would remove the care for many pregnant poor women. When this was done in the past (under Reagan for example) the infant mortality rates rose and many more young babies died. Why does so much Christian ‘outrage’ focus on abortion when so many people suffer under existing insurance company driven healthcare?

    • Bob Johnson

      Our current infant mortality is already one of the highest for industrialized nations.

      • Shane Egan

        Sadly true. The U.S despite spending more per capita for medical items is not even near the top ten when it comes to low infant mortality. It is also strange that polls show the majority of active, church-going Christians are opposed to universal healthcare, despite nearly all (more than 90%) of the countries with the best healthcare having this feature, at a cost far lower per person than that of the U.S.