New data we’ve just obtained from the Oregon Health Authority reveals some very disturbing trends. Not only is the annual number of OHP-funded abortions on the rise, the report shows a 10-year high of 4,191 abortions were covered under the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) last year.
But the bad news doesn’t stop there. When you combine this new report with readily-available data on the total number of abortions in the state (view) you’ll find the gap separating the number of privately- and publicly-funded abortions has been steadily shrinking. In other words, fewerpeople are paying for abortions out-of-pocket or with private insurance, while more people are turning to the publicly-funded Oregon Health Plan to cover their elective abortion procedures. The result? An estimated 45% of all abortions in Oregon are now being publicly funded, up from 30% in 2007.
Here’s a summary of what we’ve learned:
Oregon taxpayers spent $1.74 million on 4,191 abortions during fiscal year 2011-2012.
Over the past 10 years, a total of 38,455 abortions were funded by OHP, at a cost to taxpayers of over $16 million.
More than 11 abortions every day are now funded by Oregon taxpayers — up from 9 abortions per day in 2009.
State tax dollars now fund more abortions than at any point in the past 10 years.
Nearly half of all abortions in Oregon are publicly funded today.
But now for some good news. Oregon voters have a rare opportunity to reverse these trends in 2014. A dedicated citizen movement of Oregonians is now gathering signatures in all corners of the state to give taxpayers freedom of choice on this important issue.
We’re working hard to prepare and plan for success, but we need your help. Will you make a small, $11 donation to help this initiative be successful? Hundreds of people have already made a financial contribution, and hundreds more are still needed. Thank you for considering your role in this effort.
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