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Election Results Highlight Importance of Local Positions

In 2016, House Bill 3391 was rammed through the legislature, forcing insurance companies to cover abortions with no deductible or copays. What may not be as well known is that this law also increases the leverage the state government has to pressure local governments to provide more abortions. To help counterbalance this, Oregon Right to Life has been closely following the regulatory process and pushing back in local elections.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is constructing rules for implementing the law. Local health departments must sign new contracts with OHA to continue receiving federal and state funding for family planning services. When a county

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