Abortion Funding Facts

Did you know? Oregonians have been funding abortions with our state tax dollars for decades, but most people are not aware of this reality. In fact, taxpayer-funded abortions in Oregon is now at a 10-year high. Here are the facts:

More than 4,000 taxpayer-funded abortions this year

In 2012 there were a total of 9,015 abortions in Oregon — almost half of those being fully funded by the Oregon taxpayer. (1) In fiscal year 2011-2012, 4,191 abortions were paid using public funds via the Oregon Health Plan. That’s about 11 taxpayer-funded abortions per day — up from 9 per day in 2008-09. (2)

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$16 million in tax dollars spent on 38,455 abortions
in the past 10 years

Over the past 10 years, a total of 38,455 abortions were funded by the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), at a cost to taxpayers of over $16 million. In fiscal year 2011-2012 alone the cost to taxpayers was about 1.75 million. (2)

1 of 13 states

Oregon is one of only 13 states to require taxpayers to fund elective abortions, without restrictions, by court order. (3)

30 years and counting

In 1984, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled there should be no restrictions on the use of public money to fund abortions. (4)

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1. Oregon Health Authority. (2013). Abortions by Month of Occurrence and County of Residence, Oregon 2012, Preliminary. Retrieved May 2, 2013, from http://public.health.oregon.gov.

2. State of Oregon, Division of Medical Assistance Programs. (2013). Number of Therapeutic Abortions Funded by the Oregon Health Plan, 2002-03 through 2011-12. Retrieved by data request, Feb. 20, 2013. (view/download data PDF)

3. Guttmacher Institute. (April 1, 2013). State Funding of Abortion Under Medicaid. Retrieved April 24, 2013, from http://www.guttmacher.org

4. Planned Parenthood Assn. v. Dept. of Human Res., 687 P. 2d 785 – Or: Supreme Court 1984