Everyone must be able to decide for themselves whether and when to become parents.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed access to safe, legal abortion as a constitutional right in its Roe v. Wade decision.
Yet for years, abortion opponents have fought to turn back the clock, stacking federal courts with anti-abortion judges, passing unconstitutional legislation, spreading deceptive information and imposing arbitrary restrictions.
Thanks to the work of reproductive rights advocates, Oregon is the only U.S. state with no legal restrictions on access to abortion. But the fight isn’t over here, especially with anti-abortion politicians devising new roadblocks to access with every legislative session. On the federal level, Roe is at grave risk — which is why we must keep Oregon on the frontlines of reproductive health care access and remain a haven state for safe, legal abortion.
For many, abortion is already out of reach due to geography, cost, insurance coverage and other strucutral barriers. There is no choice where there is no access. We work tirelessly to ensure every person — regardless of race, income, ZIP code, immigration status or gender identity — can access the health care they need and deserve.
Planned Parenthood Advocates Oregon is a fierce advocate of statewide policies that protect people’s fundamental reproductive rights. We worked hard to pass 2017’s Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), the most progressive reproductive health policy in the nation. RHEA codifies the right to an abortion in state law and makes family planning, abortion and postpartum care available to all Oregonians regardless of immigration status, gender identity or insurance.
We also lead the fight to defeat ballot measures, legislation and policies that threaten Oregonians’ reproductive rights and health care access. This includes 2018’s Ballot Measure 106, a backdoor ban on abortion that would have eliminated health care coverage for more than 350,000 low-income Oregonians and public employees.
And we mobilize our supporters to make their voices heard in the national debate over bodily autonomy. We want politicians to understand and respect the real-life decisions that people and their families face every day.
Check out our legislative priorities and see how you can make a difference.