Following the successful partnership with Pro-Choice Oregon and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund (NWAAF) in 2021 to secure Portland city funding for abortion care, NIRH again worked with the same advocates in 2022 to achieve this funding on the state level. Thanks to this advocacy, on March 16, 2022, Oregon passed a state budget that includes $15 million for abortion access.

Read our press release about this budget victory.

This is a bold initiative that will bridge the impact for many people seeking care – including not only Oregonians who already face barriers to accessing care, but also to neighbors in Idaho, where abortion is now effectively banned

The Oregon Reproductive Equity Fund will be administered by Seeding Justice, and will cover abortion procedures, travel, lodging, and will expand provider network capacity for Oregonians and those who travel to Oregon for care. This bold, groundbreaking funding model will strengthen the infrastructure of access to abortion care in the northwest, and comes on the heels of Idaho passing a draconian 6-week abortion ban and in anticipation of the gutting or outright overturning of Roe v. Wade this summer.

Oregon’s passage of abortion access funding is an example of the leadership and practicality needed from state legislatures, and NIRH encourages other states to follow in Oregon’s lead.