Portland, Ore., Jul 7, 2017 / 07:01 am
A new bill in Oregon would expand the state's already-liberal laws, requiring insurance companies to pay for abortions and other reproductive services at zero cost to the patient.
House Bill 3391, or the "Reproductive Health Equity Act Of 2017", requires that insurance companies provide coverage for abortions and reproductive services to undocumented immigrants, and regardless of income or gender identity.
It allows for almost $500,000 to be spend on cost-free abortions and reproductive health services for immigrants who previously would have been ineligible for those services under the Oregon Health Plan.
In the past 14 years, according to state health records, already-expansive abortion laws dictated that almost $24 million in state funds were spent on more than 52,000 abortions.