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A Healthcare Story to Celebrate: Oregon’s Reproductive Equity Act

A Healthcare Story to Celebrate: Oregon’s Reproductive Equity Act

Laura Flanders

What does reproductive justice look like in action? It looks like bravery; the bravery required to stand up for everyone not just a few; for the whole, not a fraction of the population. People who stand for justice, not the just-us approach to something like reproductive rights, often meet resistance. “We need to move incrementally,” say the incrementalists, “let’s get the easy wins first, then the rest.”

Although my brother, who has lived in rural Oregon for more than four decades loves Oregon’s progressive legislation, he does complain about so many people moving into Oregon to escape escalating fascism in other states.

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Yes, I have a hard time with so many moving here and making it harder to protect our liveability but we are the United States of America. Prices are sky high and affordability is hard to attain. It would be awful to rent or be a first time homebuyer and is part of the reason we have so many homeless people here in Portland.

We’ve been the number one place people moved to from other states for several years now.

And, yes, it does impact livability issues, as mentioned. It is not easy, that’s for sure.

But this act is also an example, like other aspects of the Oregon/Pacific Northwest approach, of how things can be, and, with us, they are.

There’s also the federal lawsuit in Eugene by young people for their rights to a future.

I recall driving north on Interstate 5 in 1970 and seeing a billboard at the southern Oregon border proclaiming “DON’T CALIFORNICATE OREGON”.

Looks like Oregon has mostly succeeded on that front.

Just lie low if you are in Oregon during the upcoming eclipse…Governor Brown just ordered the National Guard mobilized for that event.

Yikes, I hadn’t heard about the National Guard. I live in the path of totality, and I’m planning to not go out if I don’t have to.

Singles leave runners stranded

With the hordes of people coming to Oregon for the eclipse, I fear many are going to decide to move here–sad! (imo)

Portland is ground-zero for the urban boundary movement.
From the article

Portland OR has a housing problem, as exemplified by such rents and so much homelessness Their socialism isn’t solving it. When I reflect on Oregon’s problems with finding housing on bounded square-mileage, I recall the scene in the movie Dr. Zhivago, where the doctor and his wife after WWI are forced to share her family’s mansion with more than a dozen homeless proletariats. Can you see Oregon doing something like that, or anything that solves the cost and homeless problem?

Back to health care, a few days ago I read a letter in the Wall Street Journal. Someone complained that Oregon won’t pay for $4,000/month cancer treatment, but will pay $50 for a house-call by Dr. Kevorkian. - I don’t understand that person’s circumstances so I can’t judge. I just note that it occurred in a mass of verbiage prompted by Charlie Gard about who gets to decide what in a socialized system.

“… history advances, we’re often told, piece by piece … usually what happens is that we get piecemeal progress.”

WORSE. Not only is “progress” piecemeal in this scheme, the well-financed OTHER side usually advances more, and digs in for the long haul.

Unlike Obama’s tepid gamesmanship, to get even near what we want, we must demand considerably MORE than what we expect!

Good article, Laura.

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