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Ore. Lawmakers Announce Comprehensive Women's Health Bill

Ore. Lawmakers Announce Comprehensive Women's Health Bill

March 2, 2015 — A group of Oregon lawmakers on Friday announced legislation aimed at closing gaps in reproductive health care coverage for women in the state, the Portland Business Journal reports.

The measure, called the Comprehensive Women's Health Bill, would require all health plans in the state to cover abortion, contraceptives and maternity care. It would also require health plans to cover a twelve-month supply of birth control dispensed at one time. Democratic state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Sen. Sara Gelser, Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Rep. Barbara Smith Warner said they will introduce the bill.

Michele Stranger Hunter, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health, said, "As states across the country are stripping women of reproductive health services and coverage, Oregon is making strides to ensure that [our] residents ... are healthy by providing a full range of reproductive health care."

Separately, Aimee Santos-Lyons, gender justice director at the Western States Center, urged Oregon lawmakers "to swiftly pass the Comprehensive Women's Health Bill," which will "fil[l] the gaps in our current laws so that Oregonians will be covered for [their] reproductive health needs regardless of income, how they are insured or where they live" (Thompson, Portland Business Journal, 2/27).