The Archdiocese of Portland is encouraging Catholics to sign the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion petition to qualify a measure for the next general election in Oregon.
The proposed law would block the use of state funds on elective abortions.
Through the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon taxpayers fund about 10 abortions per day. In the past 14 years, according to state health records, almost $24 million in state funds were spent on more than 52,000 abortions.
Oregon is the only state without restrictions added to provisions of Roe v. Wade. Other states have passed laws requiring a waiting period, a description of the procedure, an account of fetal deveopment, or facts on pain felt by unborn children.
“If passed, this constitutional amendment would save thousands of lives and spare mothers and families from the ensuing grief that always comes with the death of a child through abortion,” says a statement from the archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace.
Archbishop Alexander Sample has asked pastors and parish administrators to support signature-gathering efforts on Sundays in May and June. About 117,000 signatures are needed.
Similar efforts failed to garner enough signers in 2014 and 2016. Observers say that because younger voters are trending more pro-life, the chances are better now.
Plans already are underway to collect signatures at parishes like St. Mary in Corvallis.