Governor Kate Brown released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s plan to place funding restrictions on providers of reproductive health care who refer their patients to abortion providers:
“In Oregon we have made substantial progress to ensure that all Oregonians have the ability to seek health care and make their own decisions about their health care.
“If the Trump gag rule is adopted and legal challenges are unsuccessful, it would leave me no choice but to act in the best interests of the citizens of Oregon and our state law, and withdraw our state’s participation from an unethical, ineffective federal program that reduces access to essential preventive health services.
“I am not turning back on Oregonians’ access to quality health care. Regardless of what this administration does, I am prepared to work toward protecting and continuing access to family planning, reproductive and preventive health care for low-income, and underserved Oregonians.”