An Open Letter from Over 100 Oregon Clinicians

As Oregon clinicians, we are writing to oppose Measure 106, which is nothing more than a backdoor ban on abortion. As providers, we believe that all women – regardless of how much money they make or how they are insured – should be able to make their own medical decisions in consultation with their healthcare provider and know it will be covered by health insurance, just like any other medical procedure.

Women deserve access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion. Measure 106 takes away this critical access, particularly for women who already face barriers to high quality care such as poor access to information, discrimination and poverty. As healthcare providers we value our patient’s autonomy and justice. We trust women to make personal medical decisions like when or whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child. As clinicians, we know that this right to health care is foundational to freedom and opportunity for individuals and their families. No one should be denied health care because of how much they make or how they are insured.

According to a study conducted by Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), women denied a wanted abortion who have to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term are: more likely to experience serious complications from the end of pregnancy including eclampsia and death; more likely to stay tethered to abusive partners; and more likely to suffer anxiety and loss of self-esteem in the short term after being denied abortion. Measure 106 not only puts patients at risk for negative health outcomes, it also sets a dangerous precedent of inserting politics into decisions about which health care services will and won’t be covered by insurance.

Measure 106 may also have far-reaching consequences: the measure includes virtually no exceptions for the health of the mother, and does not include an express exception for contraceptives, which means this constitutional amendment could be used to exclude certain forms of birth control, including emergency contraception, select IUDs, and some forms of the pill, from being covered by medical insurance.

We are proud to provide comprehensive health care for all of our patients, and refuse to put politics and ideology before the patient-provider relationship. Measure 106 is a dangerous backdoor ban on abortion, and we hope you’ll join us in voting No.

Signed,

Shannon Rio, FNP (Ashland)
Cynthia Lee Olson MD (Ashland)
Hannah Horn, RN (Ashland)
Yana Jacobson (Ashland)
William Southworth, M.D. (Ashland)
Lynn Getzoff RN (Ashland)
Mary Stark, DNP, FNP (Bend)
Danielle Hafner, MD (Bend)
Palak Patel, MD (Brookings)
Kathryn Menninger, MD (Clackamas)
Kevin Ewanchyna, MD (Corvallis)
Lara Gamelin, MD (Corvallis)
Emily Zeno Yeast, CNM (Corvallis)
Henry Elder, MD (Eugene)
Martha Reilly, MD (Eugene)
Tom Ewing MD (Eugene)
Hilary Prager, NMNP (Eugene)
Deborah Fuerth MD (Eugene)
Betty Gingold Acker MD (Eugene)
Anne Mattson, ANP, MPH (Eugene)
Sylvia Emory MD (Eugene)
Paul Kaplan (Eugene)
Byrke Beller, MD (Eugene)
Deb Dotters, MD (Eugene)
Robert Barnes, MD (Eugene)
Vern Katz, MD (Eugene)
Paula Ciesielski, MD (Eugene)
Donna Scurlock, MD (Eugene)
David Beardsworth M.D. (Eugene)
Justine Parker, DO (Florence)
Melinda Strand, MD (Hillsboro)
Kathryn Menninger, MD (Hillsboro)
Connor Burke, MD (Klamath Falls)
Kelly Bolling-Ringler, MD (Klamath Falls)
Matt Peters MD (Klamath Falls)
Brandon Chase MD (Klamath Falls)
Hannah Jantzi, MD (Klamath Falls)
Coya Lindberg, MD (Klamath Falls)
Nellie Wirsing, MD (Klamath Falls)
Jaime Palmer M.D. (Klamath Falls)
Carrie Pierce, MD (Klamath Falls)
Megan Zaander MD (Lake Oswego)
Stephanie Dukhovny, MD (Lake Oswego)
Natasha Lawson, C.N.M. (McMinnville)
Wendy Resnick RN (Medford)
Brooke Beck CNM (Medford)
Paul Kaplan, MD (Pleasant Hill)
Marguerite P. Cohen, MD (Portland)
Alex Kipp, MD (Portland)
Amelia Baker, MD (Portland)
Mary Jepson, NP (Portland)
Tracey Williams, RN (Portland)
Tracey Williams, RN (Portland)
Angelina R. Skokan, CNM, WHNP-BC (Portland)
Gregg Coodley M.D., FACP (Portland)
Nan Schreitz, CNM (Portland)
Erin McCreary, MD (Portland)
Brenda L. Kehoe, M.D. (Portland)
Stacie Carney, MD (Portland)
Alaina Bennett, MD (Portland)
Helen Welch CNM (Portland)
Amie Leaverton MD (Portland)
Molly Siegel MD (Portland)
Britta Ameel, MD (Portland)
Lena Wood, CNM (Portland)
Kym Guadalupe, CNM (Portland)
Marisa Bryman, CNM (Portland)
William Southworth, M.D. (Portland)
Bethany Brady, DO (Portland)
Jen Lillemon, M.D. F.A.C.O.G. (Portland)
Karen E. Adams, M.D. (Portland)
Karen E. Adams, M.D. (Portland)
Lindsey Waugh, MD (Portland)
Elizabeth P Newhall, MD (Portland)
Bronwyn Baz, MD (Portland)
Jennifer Black, MD (Portland)
Colleen McCormick, MD (Portland)
T Domi Le, MD (Portland)
Emmanuelle Pare, MD (Portland)
Smitha Chadaga, MD (Portland)
Katherine Lossi, MD, MPH (Portland)
Rachel Pilliod, MD (Portland)
Maureen Baldwin, MD, MPH (Portland)
Stella Dantas, MD, OBGYN (Portland)
Alyssa Colwill, MD, MCR (Portland)
Kimberley Neroda, MD (Portland)
Thomas P. Harvey, M.D. (Portland)
Emily Waterman, MD, MPH (Portland)
Thomas Jeanne, MD, MPH (Portland)
Jessica Reid, MD (Portland)
Jackie Bohn, MD, OB/GYN (Portland)
Philippa Ribbink, MD (Portland)
Valerie King, MD, MPH (Portland)
Rachel Sircar, MD (Portland)
Lisa Kipersztok, MD MPH (Portland)
Samuel Metz, MD (Portland)
Anne Toledo, MD (Portland)
Robert A. Lowe, MD, MPH (Portland)
Michelle Berlin, MD, MPH (Portland)
Liz Kaltman, ND (Portland)
Judy Manchio, FNP (Portland)
Carol Perrin, RN (Portland)
Paula Bednarek, MD, MPH (Portland)
Cecilia Speth RN (Portland)
Gilda Lorensen MD (Portland)
Vicki L. Cohen, CNM (Salem)
Valerie Joyce Heffner MD (Salem)
Nancy MacMorris-Adix, CNM (Salem)
Peter Bernardo, MD (Salem)
Amy Kerfoot MD (Salem)
Allison Allen, MD (Sherwood)
Lori Swain, CNM, DNP (Silverton)
Madeline Boyd, MD (Southern Oregon)
Gary LeClair, MD (Springfield)
Anton Broms, MD (Tualatin)
Jessica Schemm, MD (Tualatin)

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