Oregon abortion rights advocates slam Idaho ban

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon predicted a 234% increase in out-of-state patients coming to Oregon if the ban was allowed to go into effect.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Reproductive rights leaders gathered in downtown Portland on Wednesday to support access to abortion and speak out against the abortion ban in neighboring Idaho.

Idaho‘s near-total abortion ban was set to go into effect Thursday — but on Wednesday a federal judge blocked the state from enforcing part of the strict law.

The blocking only applies if there is a conflict between the law and the federal law on emergency medical treatment and work. Doctors will not face criminal charges in these cases because state law must give way to federal law.

The rest of Idaho’s abortion laws go into effect Thursday.

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Democratic Oregon gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek joined reproductive rights advocates at the press conference on Wednesday. She said the ban in Idaho will impact people who live in eastern Oregon near the Idaho border.

“Even though abortion is legal and enshrined in law here in Oregon, we need to step up and help our neighbors,” Kotek said.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, predicted a 234% increase in the number of out-of-state patients coming to Oregon if the ban were to go into effect.

An Do, the group’s executive director, said he welcomes and plans to help anyone in need of care, but Oregon’s health care infrastructure is not ready to meet that demand.

“We also know that more people arriving means Oregonians may face longer wait times,” Do said, “or other essential and critical health care like family planning. could experience pressing times due to the increase in the number of patients.”

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Other Oregon gubernatorial candidates have also expressed their stance on abortion. Republican Christine Drazan told the OPB that she would not comment on legislation that has not been drafted, but that she supports “common sense regulation of abortion, including the protection of life in the course of the third trimester”.

Unaffiliated contestant Betsy Johnson told KGW on “Straight Talk” that she was staunchly “pro-choice” and had served on the board of Planned Parenthood.

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