People march to oppose the possible overturning of federal abortion protections following the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, at Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Discussions over abortion access will likely return to Oregon’s Legislature as a workgroup presented a final report urging lawmakers to prioritize reproductive health and access to care during a legislative committee meeting on Wednesday.

A 20-page report was released shortly before the House Interim Committee On Health Care met. House Speaker Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis), Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Rep. Andrea Valderrama (D-East Portland), and Sen. Kate Lieber (D-Beaverton) testified before the committee about the report and its recommendations to prioritize the improvement of reproductive health and access to care during the 2023 legislative session.

The report comes from a legislative workgroup — the Interim Reproductive Health Workgroup — formed by Rayfield in May in response to the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Supreme Court decision on Dobbs in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the decades-old decision that guaranteed constitutional protection of abortion rights, returning control over access to abortions to each state.



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