Oregon Public Funding of Abortion Amendment (2012)

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A Oregon Public Funding of Abortion Amendment, also known as Initiative 25, did not make the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment.

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title was:[1]

Amends Constitution: Prohibits the "use" (undefined) of "public funds" (undefined) for "abortion" (undefined) coverage, services; certain exceptions

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote amends constitution to prohibit "use" (undefined) of "public funds" (undefined) for "abortion" (undefined) coverage, services; exceptions for woman's life, compliance with federal law.

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains current law allowing public funds to be used for otherwise qualifying abortion coverage/services, when medical provider determines procedure is medically necessary.

Summary: Amends constitution: Currently, Oregon law allows public funds to be used for abortion coverage and services when medical provider determins that procedure is medically necessary and when otherwise qualified for public funding. Measure amends the Oregon Constitution to prohibit the "use" (undefined) of "public funds" (undefined) to pay for any "abortion" (undefined), except when necessary to prevent the woman's death or as may be required by federal law. Federal funding for abortions is currently banned under federal law, except in cases of rape and incest, or to prevent the woman's death. Measure's impact on availability of certain contraceptives and on ability of private health insurance plans to cover abortion if they receive any public funds is unclear. Measure may eliminate abortion services in public hospitals.

Constitutional changes

If the measure is enacted, the following would be added to the Oregon Constitution:[2]

No public funds shall be used to pay for any abortion, except to save the life of the mother or as may be required by federal law.

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 116,283 valid signatures by July 6, 2012. On July 4, 2012, supporters indicated that the measure would fail to make the ballot due to insufficient signatures. According to reports, about 70,000 signatures had been collected by the deadline.[3]

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