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Ore. Ballot Measure Would Restrict Abortion Coverage in State Health Plan

Ore. Ballot Measure Would Restrict Abortion Coverage in State Health Plan

September 20, 2013 — Abortion-rights opponents in Oregon are collecting signatures for a proposed ballot measure for the November 2014 election that would prohibit the use of state money to fund abortions, The Oregonian reports.

The petition -- circulated by the group Oregon 2014 -- would limit abortion coverage under the Oregon Health Plan to what is required by federal law or medically necessary, according to The Oregonian.

Petitioners need 116,284 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Jeff Jimerson, a co-chief petitioner, said the petition has 15,000 signatures so far. He said organizers are trying to reach 50,000 by the end of the year and 150,000 total.

A similar initiative in 2012 failed, collecting only 70,000 signatures.

Between 2011 and 2012, the Oregon Health Plan covered 4,000 abortions at a cost of $1.75 million, according to The Oregonian (Har, The Oregonian, 9/19).