NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Steps Up Focus On Minorities

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The abortion rights group has a new leader, Christel Allen, the first woman of color to lead the group. Allen, in turn, chose Jeanine Morales, a Black woman with experience advocating for minorities, as her deputy.

Abortion Rates Lowest Since 1973 – But Pregnancies, Births Down As Well

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In Oregon, the numbers dipped by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011

Abortion rates are at their lowest since 1973, when the Roe v. Wade court decision made the procedure legal, according to figures released by the Guttmacher Institute earlier this year.

Michelle Stranger-Hunter, executive director of NARAL and the Oregon Reproductive Health Foundation, noted that the study in question covers the years between 2008 and 2011. Between 2011 and 2013, more than 205 abortion restrictions passed in different states nationwide – more than in the previous decade, Stranger-Hunter said. (None of them passed in Oregon, which is the only state not to have passed any restrictions on abortion since Roe.)

NARAL Rally Celebrates Implementation of Preventive Women's Healthcare

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Sections of Affordable Care Act that allow more women to access contraception and screening without copayments kicked in August 1

August 3, 2012 -- A crowd of about 100 activists gathered at the base of the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland Wednesday afternoon to rally and to march – not to protest, but to celebrate a much-debated provision of the Affordable Care Act that had just kicked in. Starting August 1, preventive women's health care will be covered without any copayments, including contraception, well-woman exams, cancer screenings and domestic violence coverage.

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