Oregon state troopers save ducklings from storm drain

Oregon state troopers save ducklings from storm drain

Oregon police officers rescued two ducklings from a Salem storm drain, where they were trapped for several days. “Fish and Wildlife Division Senior Trooper Hunter (Salem Area Command) and Recruit Denny (OSU Patrol Office) were dispatched to a call of several baby ducklings trapped in a storm drain at the corner of Airport Road and Mission Street in Salem, Oregon,” the Oregon State Police Facebook page stated.

According to witnesses, a mother duck attempted to cross a street with her ten ducklings, when two of them fell through a grate and disappeared into the drain.

City workers contributed to the rescue operation, and removed storm grates and a manhole cover so the officers could lift the ducklings to safety in a net. The ducklings rejoined their mother and eight siblings in a nearby canal.

OSP’s Facebook page noted that individuals from several government departments–including Salem’s Public Works Department and ODOT–cooperated with the officers to assist the ducks. The page described the incident with the hashtag, “#Teamwork.”

Kelso students help teacher buy a new set of wheels

Kelso students help teacher buy a new set of wheels

When Kelso, Washington students heard that their teacher needed a new wheelchair, they decided to act. The students organized a GoFundMe campaign to purchase a new electric wheelchair for substitute instructor John Jankins. An overwhelming response from donors enabled them to collect over $32,000 in less than one week.

Jankins, who is affected by cerebral palsy, rides his motorized wheelchair to and from Kelso High School, where he has worked for almost thirty years. Jankins’ students couldn’t imagine Kelso High without him: “Rain or shine Mr. Janke has been a part of Kelso classrooms for years. His presence has touched the lives of countless students/staff and now it’s time to show our appreciation,” the students’ GoFundMe page read.

The students initially aimed to raise $25,000, but an outpouring of support for Jankins prompted the students to increase their fundraising goal to $30,000. Extra funds will cover the cost of future wheelchair repairs.




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.