By Dave Andrusko
When a measure is important enough to a governor, often they sign a bill into law one day and then have a separate signing ceremony subsequently complete with bells and whistles.
Such was the case Monday with Oregon’s pro-abortion Gov. Kate Brown and the “Reproductive Health Equity Act.” Always beware when “equity” is in the same sentence as “reproductive health”: it means tax payers are paying for abortions
Here’s how Oregon Right to Life explained what first took place on August 15
Today Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3391 into law, solidifying Oregon’s status as the most radically pro-abortion state in America. Abortions must now be covered 100 percent by all insurance policies, without a co-pay or deductible. HB 3391 also establishes a $10 million fund for illegal immigrants’ reproductive “care,” of which $500 thousand is estimated to be spent covering abortions.
In a Washington Times story this week, written by Bradford Richardson, we read, “Jonathan Lockwood, a spokesman for the Oregon Senate Republicans, said celebrating abortion may be macabre, but it’s not surprising given that Ms. Brown was an abortion rights lobbyist before entering public life.
“’Gov. Brown celebrating abortion and averting moderation is nothing new,’ Mr. Lockwood said.”
And celebrate Gov. Brown and her fellow Democrats and representatives of pro-abortion organizations most certainly did.
They “regularly broke into rousing cheers and applause to celebrate the enactment of the Reproductive Health Equity Act,” Richardson wrote. And they weren’t shy (ironically) about invoking their children’s approval.
According to Richardson, State Rep. Jeff Barker, the law’s chief sponsor, read a postcard he said was from his daughter.
“It says, ‘Dad, thanks for being a sponsor of HB 3391. As your daughter, it means a lot to me that you take women’s health care so seriously,’” Mr. Barker read, drawing appreciative noises from the audience. “‘I love you. Thanks. Your daughter, Heather.’”
In a statement, Gov. Brown trotted out the customary pro-abortion talking points. “To lead productive and thriving lives, Oregonians must have the ability to control their bodies and make informed decisions about their health care,” adding, “I am proud to sign legislation that expands access to basic reproductive health services for all Oregonians regardless of where they live, where they come from, or how they identify as a person.”
Then Oregon Right to Life Executive Director Gayle Atteberry had a far different response back in August when the bill was signed:
“Oregon taxpayers already cover nearly 50 percent of all abortions in the state whether they like it or not,” said Atteberry. “By making abortion free, this percentage will inevitably increase. We also expect more late-term abortions, which are currently very expensive as well as risky to perform. All completely covered by either insurance companies or by the Oregon taxpayers.”