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Initiative proposed to ban abortion spending
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Petition gatherers are seeking to qualify an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that would prohibit using state taxpayer money to pay for abortions. A similar effort in 2012 failed when pro-life advocates collected only 70,000 of the more than 116,000 required.

The movement's website, Oregon2014.org, reports that about 15,200 people have signed so far. The deadline is spring 2014.

About 4 in 10 abortions in Oregon are paid for by public programs. The Oregon Health Plan paid for 4,000 abortions in 2011-12 at a cost of $1.75 million.   

Initiative Petition 6 would allow the Oregon Health Plan to pay only for abortions that are medically necessary or otherwise allowed under federal law, such as in cases of rape or incest. The federal government prohibits the use of federal taxpayer money for abortions. 

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