Gov. Brown speaks with coalition about upholding abortion rights in Oregon

Emily McLain, the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, speaks at Monday's conference with Gov. Brown.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Governor Kate Brown is joining a coalition in speaking out against an initiative that they say would threaten women’s reproductive health in the state.

Gov. Brown and leaders of the No Cuts to Care Coalition spoke Monday at Planned Parenthood’s office in Northeast Portland.

They say that Initiative Petition 1 would threaten women’s access to abortions.

Last year, Oregon passed the Reproductive Health Equity Act, a bill championed by Gov. Brown that safeguarded a woman’s right to an abortion in the state.

“Initiative Petition 1 would set a dangerous precedent by cherry-picking which medical procedures public insurance will and won’t cover. It would take abortion coverage away from women on the Oregon Health Plan. It would take coverage away from state employees, including our firefighters, our teachers and our nurses,” said Brown.

You can watch the full press conference below:

During the conference, some of the speakers made some pointed remarks against one of Gov. Brown's opponents in the November race, Knute Buehler.

KATU reached out to Buehler's campaign, who in-turn pointed us to a recent Facebook post.

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