Oregon Rep. Bill Post aims to expand healthcare options for low-income women

Oregon Rep. Bill Post aims to expand healthcare options for low-income women

Oregon State Representative Bill Post has introduced legislation in the Oregon Legislature which would expand options for women who do not wish to terminate their pregnancies via an abortion.

House Bill 2125 creates a funding source for organizations which “encourage or assist pregnant women in carrying their pregnancies to term.”  These organizations would offer information for women on caring for themselves and newborns, fetal development, adequate nutrition, and more.  Post believes his proposal would especially benefit low-income women, who may be disproportionately affected by abortions.

Organizations which promote or perform abortions may not receive funding under the bill—in fact, Post’s legislation prohibits the Oregon Health Authority from reimbursing any abortions unless they are performed in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies.

If House Bill 2125 passes in the Oregon Legislature, it must still receive a majority of the popular vote in Oregon’s next general election before it can become a law. By contrast, House Bill 2232, which increases funding for abortions, does not propose a statewide referendum.

“Why not let Oregon voters decide where they want their tax dollars spent?” Post asks.

Oregon lawmakers introduce legislation to stop painful late-term abortions

Oregon lawmakers introduce legislation to stop painful late-term abortions

Last week, Oregon legislators introduced House Bill 3017, which seeks to protect unborn children from painful abortions after their 20th week (5 months) in the womb.  It has been scientifically proven that unborn children feel pain as early as 20 weeks after fertilization.

The bill permits late-term procedures in the case of life-threatening medical emergencies, but stipulates that those abortions must “provid[e] the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.”

If HB 3017 passes, Oregon would join 16 other states that have passed similar legislation that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. While many states require underage residents to seek parental notification before terminating their pregnancy, Oregon imposes no such restrictions on abortion, and even permits publicly-funded abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

HB 3017 currently faces opposition from Planned Parenthood Advocates, Oregon’s largest abortion provider.  The Democrat Party of Oregon also sent out a fundraising email last week in response to the bill’s introduction.  The bill is supported by Oregon Right to Life and has sponsorship from 25 legislators from both the Oregon House and Senate.

To find information about the bill, click here to view the measure history on the Oregon State Legislature’s website.

(Disclaimer: The Oregon Optimist is a project of Oregon Right to Life.)

2,000 Oregon conservatives converge on Portland to celebrate American values

2,000 Oregon conservatives converge on Portland to celebrate American values

Close to 2,000 conservative Oregonians gathered at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center on Saturday to support fiscal responsibility, family values, and religious liberty.

The 2017 Freedom Rally, sponsored by Oregon Liberty Alliance and its participating members, featured speeches from notable conservative figures such as Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor, best-selling author Star Parker, and Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee delivered the keynote address.

All four speakers affirmed their support for the pro-life cause. “I am a politician because I’m pro-life,” Huckabee said.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson addresses rally attendees at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland

Attendees enjoyed a luncheon and perused displays highlighting conservative organizations in Oregon. Oregon Right to Life hosted a booth which educated voters about anti-life legislation such as SB 494 and HB 2232.

To-date, Oregon Liberty Alliance has sponsored four annual rallies, and each event has attracted ever-larger crowds. Attendance increased from roughly 700 people at the 2014 Freedom Rally to nearly 2,000 at this year’s gathering. Organizers hope that the rallies will generate support for conservative candidates in Oregon elections.

Man rescues friend from frigid Willamette River

Man rescues friend from frigid Willamette River

A South Dakota man made an unexpected catch when he helped pull his drowning friend from the Willamette River after a fishing trip. Pete and Steve were pulling their boat onto a trailer when it broke free and slid back into the water. Steve waded into the Willamette’s icy current to recover the boat, but was soon struggling to keep his head above the water.

Pete directed bystanders to dial 911, but did not wait for help to arrive. After a moment of indecision, he plunged into the Willamette to rescue his friend. “Oh my god, what do I do? So I’m peeling clothes [off] and jumping in the water,” Pete explained.

Pete stepped into the boat and supported Steve, who couldn’t climb aboard due to the weight of his soaked clothes. After 20 minutes the friends began to tire, and Steve’s head slipped beneath the surface of the water. Just then, however, the Clackamas County water rescue team arrived and pulled Steve from the river. He was hospitalized, but remained conscious and alert, according to reports.

Reflecting on the event, Pete said, “I think I saved his life.”