/ No on Measure 106: Ban Public Funds for Abortions
No on Measure 106: Ban Public Funds for Abortions
What would the initiative do?
Impact on Health Care Access for Low-Income Oregonians: Measure 106 would reduce access to health care, particularly for the most vulnerable people who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care. Every woman in Oregon must be able to decide whether and when to become a parent – no matter how much money she makes or how she is insured. An estimated 250,000 women of reproductive age receive health care through the Oregon Health Plan. Under Measure 106, these Oregonians will no longer have access to the full range of reproductive health care they need.
Impact on Health Care Access for Public Employees: Measure 106 would have a disproportionate effect on teachers, nurses, firefighters and thousands of other public service members who would no longer be eligible for abortion coverage as part of their public employee benefits plan. When a woman is making a decision about whether to end a pregnancy, she should have medically-accurate information and know it will be covered by health insurance, just like any other medical procedure. According to the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, a total of 77,344 women of reproductive age are insured through the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) and Oregon Educators Benefits Board (OEBB) as of June 2018.