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7/9/2014 8:02:00 AM
Abortion funding ban lacks signatures

Backers of a proposed measure to end taxpayer funding of abortion in Oregon say not enough people signed the petition to put the question to voters in November.   

“Friends, it doesn’t look like our measure will be on Oregon’s ballot this year,” says a note to supporters from the Oregon 2014 Petition Committee.

As of July 1, the campaign had 95,000 signatures, short of the required 116,284. Organizers had hoped for 150,000 signatures become some are usually invalid.

Committee members say they will decide on their next course of action in the coming weeks.

The federal Hyde Amendment has prohibited federal funds from being used for abortion since 1976, except in cases of rape and incest. Most states follow the federal lead, but 17 states, including Oregon, do pay for abortions for women on state health plans.

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