Oregon Senate sends Reproductive Health Equity Act to Governor

The Oregon Senate Democrats sent out a press release today describing the final step in passing a landmark reproductive health equity bill. In keeping with federal guidelines, there will be no cost sharing for contraceptive care and a number of preventive healthcare services. It now goes to the Governor who is expected to sign it into law.

HB 3391, was championed in the Senate by Senator Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin), who carried the bill. Senators Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Beaverton) and Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham) both spoke from the vantage point of healthcare providers, indicating it was just good public health practice and good public policy. I know there was lots of work on the House side as well.

I had the opportunity to see this bill come together.  Today’s result is because of tenacious advocacy by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Mary Nolan and Laurel Swerdlow, and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, in particular Linda Roman and Alberto Moreno among many others

Their hard work now benefits all Oregonians.

Charles Gallia

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