Health Advocates Denounce Republican House Candidates’ Extreme Positions on Women’s Reproductive Care

Health Advocates Denounce Republican House Candidates’ Extreme Positions on Women’s Reproductive Care

Republican ideas on health care would be disastrous for Oregon women

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Oct. 19, 2016 – A coalition of Oregon’s leading advocates for reproductive care joined today to condemn the extreme views of Republican candidates for the Oregon House of Representatives on the issue of women’s health care.

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon Executive Director Mary Nolan said that now is the time to stand with candidates who stand with women.

“Oregonians overwhelmingly support reproductive freedom, and they don’t want politicians coming between a woman and her doctor,” Nolan says. “These right-wing candidates are trying to hide their true agenda because they know how deeply unpopular and dangerous it is for the people of Oregon. Voters deserve to know the truth, and we’re going to make sure they hear it.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Executive Director Michele Stranger-Hunter said Oregon voters deserve to know where candidates stand on this important issue.

“With so many candidates openly advocating for extreme restrictions to women’s health care options, we have a responsibility to elect leaders who will stand with women,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Executive Director Michele Stranger-Hunter. “Sadly, the rhetoric is not surprising when a party’s standard-bearer has openly advocated punishing women who have abortions. This election, we need to stand against out-of-touch, anti-choice candidates.”

“Oregon women need leaders who will stand up for their health,” said Democratic Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson. “Republican candidates for the Oregon House are not those leaders.”

Various Republican candidates for the Oregon House have not shied away from extreme views on the issue of women’s health care, including restricting the right to chose. One Republican candidate even co-sponsored a bill (HB 3512, 2011) that would restrict abortions even in cases of rape or incest. The majority of Republican candidates for the Oregon House have yet to stand up to their standard-bearer Donald Trump, despite his divisive rhetoric and idea to punish women who have an abortion.

Oregon House Republican candidates with extreme ideas include:

Republican candidate Laura Morett, HD 20 – Morett has been backed by the extreme, anti-choice group Oregon Right to Life, which wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest.

Republican candidate Patti Milne, HD 22 – Milne supported overturning Roe v. Wade. Milne has been endorsed by the extreme group Oregon Right to Life which opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

Republican candidate Ron Noble, HD 26 – According to his response to the Oregon Family Council questionnaire, Noble supports restricting a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion. He’s been endorsed by the extreme group Oregon Right to Life which would ban abortion, even in cases of rape or incest.

Republican candidate Juanita Lint, HD 29– According to her response to the Oregon Family Council questionnaire, Lint said she supports restricting a woman’s right to safe legal abortions.

Republican candidate Dan Mason, HD 30 – Mason has been backed by the extreme group Oregon Right to Life, which opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest.  

Republican candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer, HD 51 According to her responses to the Oregon Family Council questionnaire, Chavez-DeRemer supports restricting the right to safe, legal abortions.

Republican candidate Mark Johnson, HD 52 – According to ORESTAR, Johnson has taken thousands of dollars from Oregon Right to Life, an extreme group that opposes access to safe, legal abortion. Johnson also co-sponsored a bill that would restrict abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.

To learn more about FuturePAC and the Oregon House Democrats, visit FuturePAC.org.

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