PORTLAND, Ore. — The Democratic governor of Oregon held a signing ceremony on Monday to celebrate the enactment of a law that that requires insurance companies in the state to cover the murder of the unborn at no cost.
While Gov. Kate Brown already signed H.B. 3391, also known as the “Reproductive Health Equity Act,” into law on Aug. 15, a special event was held this week before members of the legislature and abortion advocacy groups to commemorate the bill.
“To lead productive and thriving lives, Oregonians must have the ability to control their bodies and make informed decisions about their health care,” she said in a statement. “I am proud to sign legislation that expands access to basic reproductive health services for all Oregonians regardless of where they live, where they come from, or how they identify as a person.”
According to the Washington Times, those in attendance “regularly broke into rousing cheers and applause.”
As previously reported, the bill, which was passed by the House and Senate in July, requires all health benefit plans in Oregon to provide coverage for various services that include abortion, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
It allows 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 mandates 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.”
“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?”
In addition to the signing ceremony on Monday, Brown tweeted, “To lead productive lives, Oregonians need control of their bodies, ability to make informed choices. This law secures these basic rights.”
Her remarks were met with a mixed response by followers, with one commenter writing, “This is non-negotiable. Women must have complete autonomy over their bodies.”
“Unborn babies should also have the opportunity to live productive lives,” another wrote.
“We should be helping people make good choices about the act of conception and accept consequences, not endorsing baby murder as a way out,” a third stated.
As previously reported, female government leaders have claimed for years that abortion is necessary to allow women to work outside of the home and pursue careers. In the 1992 ruling of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a Reagan appointee, asserted that abortion has kept women in the workforce.
“For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail,” she wrote on behalf of the court.
“The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives,” she said.
In June 2016, while speaking before a gathering of Planned Parenthood supporters, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton similarly said that she believes legalizing abortion has helped to keep women in the workplace, and thus has aided the economy.
“[Roe v. Wade] transformed [women] because it meant that women were able to get educations, build careers, enter new fields, and rise as far as their talent and hard work would take them—all the opportunities that follow when women are able to stay healthy and choose whether and when to become mothers,” she asserted.
Clinton opined that birth control has likewise helped the economy because it has kept women in the workforce instead of at home raising children.
“Today, the percentage of women who finish college is six times what it was before birth control was legal,” she stated. “Women represent half of all college graduates in America and nearly half our labor force, and our whole economy, then, is better off.”
“The movement of women into the workforce, a paid workforce, over the past 40 years was responsible for more than $3.5 trillion in growth in our economy,” Clinton contended.
Planned Parenthood’s own feminist founder, Margaret Sanger, similarly decried what she characterized as women serving as “incubators.”
“Woman’s role has been that of an incubator and little more. She has given birth to an incubated race,” she wrote in “Woman and the New Race.” “In the mass, she has brought forth quantity, not quality. The requirement of a male dominated civilization has been numbers. She has met that requirement.”
“This is the dawn. Womanhood shakes off its bondage. It asserts its right to be free. In its freedom, its thoughts turn to the race. Like begets like. We gather perfect fruit from perfect trees,” Sanger said. “The relentless efforts of reactionary authority to suppress the message of birth control and of voluntary motherhood are futile. The powers of reaction cannot now prevent the feminine spirit from breaking its bonds. ”
Sanger, who was a staunch advocate of eugenics and authored the newsletter “The Woman Rebel,” also made a correlation between birth control and the purification of the races, referring to those with disabilities as being “morons,” “idiots” and “imbeciles.”
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” she wrote in the aforementioned publication. “If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.”