Calling state lawmakers “intolerant of widely held opposing views” and religious beliefs, the Oregon Catholic Conference is denouncing a Legislature-approved bill that requires health insurers to cover abortion on demand.
Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign House Bill 3391, which was passed 33-23 in the Oregon House and 17-13 in the Senate as a way to counteract expected changes in federal health care policy.
The bill increases state spending by $10.2 million to provide free coverage of exams, drugs, devices and procedures, including abortion.
The state’s Catholic bishops urged a veto, saying the bill “forces all Oregon taxpayers to help finance an extremist abortion agenda that does not enjoy majority support.”