VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2020R1/Measures/Overview/HB4048
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2020R1/Committees/HHC/Overview
This bill prohibits abortion when the unborn child has a positive post-fertilization age of 20 weeks, except in case of a medical emergency. Recognizes that the developed nerve cells within the unborn child feel pain starting as early as 12 weeks and are formed by 16 weeks gestation. Bill acknowledges that the unborn child recoils in pain during the process of being murdered, and seeks to collect data regarding method of induction and termination, post-fertilization age, frequency, reason, medically necessary vs elected. Creates a reporting mechanism within 30 days of the procedure providing statistics to the OHA.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Bill calls for true informed consent and defines what a provider is, prohibiting the practice of lying to the mother or giving misleading information to justify or promote Abortion, when unnecessary or for genetic defects. Current practice states that abortion is legal and permissible up until the point of birth, of a fully formed child in the womb.
Unclear, does not seek to overturn court decision to fund planned parenthood with taxpayer dollars.
Attorney General Rosenblum and Governor Brown recently defied the President and the will of the voters declaring that abortion in the state of Oregon would be legal up to the time of birth. One of the very few states in the union to have this policy, and push this agenda of infanticide, the State is in violation of the executive order and still using taxpayer money to fund Planned Parenthood. The bill would at least limit the time frame abortion is legal according to when the unborn child can feel pain.
Uses the power of the legislature to check the powers of the judiciary and the executive branch of Oregon government.
Reporting statistics to the OHA will help determine future rates of medically necessary vs elected procedures and potentially assist in the equal disbursement of funding between abortion clinics and actual health care clinics that promote true family planning and care for born children along with prenatal support.