The Dalles To the editor:
Many Oregonians may be unaware that Oregon is one of 13 states that pay for abortions with public tax funds, and that nearly half the abortions in Oregon last year were funded by taxpayers.
In the fiscal year 2011-2012, the Oregon Health Plan funded 4,191 abortions, an average of over 11 abortions per day funded by taxpayers. Costs to the state are approximately $1.75 million per year.
Funding abortions with public funds originated in 1984, when the Oregon Supreme Court ruled there should be no restrictions on the use of public money to fund abortions. This ruling can be changed by an amendment to the Oregon constitution. The goal by concerned citizens in Oregon is 150,000 voter signatures on petition sheets so the initiative will be placed on the 2014 ballot.
The proposed amendment language, other facts, and ways to be involved can be found on the website.
Here’s how to sign the petition:
Go to www.Oregon2014.org
Click “Sign the Petition”
Print, sign, and mail your petition to help place the measure onto
Oregon’s 2014 ballot: The deadline for voter signatures is coming up on May 11, so go to the website soon. You can make a difference.
Sarah Smith, Area Coordinator