Q & A: Abortion Law in Oregon*
Abortion is still SAFE, ACCESSIBLE and LEGAL in OREGON
The recent United States Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade (called Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health) did not change Oregon laws protecting a pregnant person’s right to choose to have an abortion in Oregon.
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- No. Oregon does not have any legal restrictions on abortion. For example, in Oregon there are no gestational limits, no waiting periods, and you can access medication abortion (abortion pills) by mail.
- Yes. Oregon welcomes anyone who needs abortion care and cannot receive it in their home state.
- No. Oregon’s Reproductive Health Equity Act prohibits discrimination in coverage or care based on gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, or immigration status. If you are undocumented or a lawful permanent resident, you cannot be discriminated against while seeking and/or receiving abortion care.
- Most likely yes, unless your insurer qualifies for an exemption from Oregon’s Reproductive Health Equity Act. Oregon law requires most insurance plans to cover abortion care, with no out-of-pocket charges. For a list of health plans covered by the law, visit https://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx and click on “RHEA Plan Information.” Self-insured and federally funded plans are exempt from the law’s requirement. Other limits to coverage may apply, depending on your plan. If your plan is exempt from these requirements or your plan excludes you from coverage, there may still be resources available to help. Please see the next question.
- Yes. For more information, please contact the Oregon Health Authority by calling 971-673-0355 or visiting https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/HealthyPeopleFamilies/ReproductiveSexualHealth/pages/index.aspx.
- Yes. In Oregon, you have the option to end an early pregnancy with medication. Pregnant persons up to 10 weeks of gestational age can bypass the in-person visits typically needed to obtain an abortion by having a telemedicine consultation with an Oregon licensed provider and, if approved for the treatment, have medication mailed directly to an Oregon address.
- Yes. Federal and state patient privacy laws consider this decision to be protected health information, and as a general matter, identifiable health information cannot be released without an individual’s consent. There are exceptions, however, such as disclosure for purposes of treatment or payment, or if reporting is otherwise required by state law.
- Yes. Under Oregon law, you have the right to have your insurance plan send protected health information directly to you instead of to the person who pays for your health insurance plan. For more information on this law and how to request protected health information, visit https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/health/patient-privacy/Pages/your-rights.aspx.
- There are both individuals and organizations in Oregon committed to helping people from any state come to Oregon for an abortion. Neither you (as an individual) nor any organization can be prosecuted in Oregon for helping an out-of-state resident obtain an abortion. While we have no jurisdiction or control over other states’ laws and potential actions, the federal government recently committed to ensuring the right to travel for abortion care.**
- Contact the Oregon Health Authority by calling 971-673-0355 or click on “What Can I Get” and “Find a Clinic” under Services at: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/HealthyPeopleFamilies/ReproductiveSexualHealth/pages/index.aspx.
* Current as of August 24, 2022
** For more information, see President Biden’s August 3, 2022, Executive Order on Securing Access to Reproductive and Other Healthcare Services online at https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/08/03/executive-order-onsecuring-access-to-reproductive-and-other-healthcare-services/.
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