The amendment language is based upon constitutional-law attorney recommendations and similar amendments to the Arkansas and Rhode Island state constitutions. If approved by voters, the following statement will be added to the Oregon State Constitution:
No public funds shall be used to pay for any abortion, except when medically necessary or as may be required by federal law.
Simple and Easy to Understand
The proposed state constitutional amendment is clear and easy to understand. Definitions for key terms are included in the full text of the amendment. Click below to download and read:
» Download the amendment text (PDF)
Why a Constitutional Amendment?
The state of Oregon allows citizens to create laws and to amend our state constitution through the initiative process. However, the trouble with passing a law in this manner is that the Oregon state legislature can always pass new laws to overrule the will of the people if they so choose. But state legislators cannot repeal a constitutional amendment. Only the voters can do that.
While it’s true that a state constitutional amendment will require gathering more signatures than a simple statute (law) would, this is the only way to protect the will of the people from out-of-touch lawmakers in Salem. Only by amending the state constitution will Oregonians be free from being forced to pay for someone else’s elective abortion.