November 25, 2015 — An antiabortion-rights group on Friday announced that it received enough signatures to obtain a 2016 ballot title for a measure to ban state-funded abortion coverage, the Portland Tribune reports.
A measure in Oregon must have at least 1,000 signatures to receive a ballot title and at least 117,578 signatures to be placed on the ballot. Oregon Life United had failed to collect enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot in 2012 and 2014.
According to the Portland Tribune, the Oregon Health Plan in 2013 and 2014 covered 3,556 abortions. Oregon Health Authority reports that the state covered roughly 40% of the abortion procedures performed from January to October of this year.
Oregon Life United's chief sponsor Jeff Jimerson announced that the group received 1,500 signatures for its measure so far.
According to the Portland Tribune, the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon intends to oppose the measure. The coalition includes Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Western States Center.
Mary Nolan, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, condemned the measure, saying it would "unfairly penalize low-income Oregonian women seeking abortion." She added, "Every woman -- no matter how much money she makes or who provides [her] health care -- deserves access to the health care she needs" (Achen, Portland Tribune, 11/20).