We know that access to safe, affordable, culturally competent and comprehensive reproductive health care throughout life plays a key role in the well-being of our bodies, families and communities, from screenings and treatment for cancer and sexually transmitted infections to contraceptive solutions, abortion care, prenatal care, labor and delivery services, breastfeeding support, post-partum care and menopausal care. And yet, across the country and in Oregon, we see a barrage of assaults on our communities’ access to the services we need, chipping away at our ability to make healthy decisions for ourselves about what’s best for us and our families.
That’s why we are excited to announce that on Tuesday, March 29, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will hold a briefing on the state of reproductive health access in Multnomah County, to learn about real barriers for our communities and support comprehensive reproductive health care for all people. This is the first step in passing a countywide resolution lifting up the need to increase access and affordability and resist attempts to further limit services or criminalize pregnant and parenting people.
Having our county say through this briefing and a future resolution that every person who calls Multnomah County home should be able to access the reproductive health services they need will ensure the communities we serve, work with and represent are more likely to live full, healthy lives without barriers to care.
Leading on this effort is important to our organization because we know how devastating lack of health coverage and care can be for our families and communities. This effort is an opportunity to continue our long-term work to ensure all people have access to the full range of health care they need, no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they make. We should all have the ability to make important decisions for ourselves, such as when and whether to become a parent, based on what’s best for our families, in an atmosphere of love and support instead of stigma and shame.
Join with us in solidarity on Tuesday, March 29, to ensure our County Commissioners know how far we have to go until all people have access to the care they need to thrive, and thank them for lifting up this crucial issue for our communities! RSVP here to join us from 10 AM to 12 PM in the Multnomah County Board Room (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd) and wear purple to support our coalition and comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all. We want to make sure every Commissioner knows they have our backing to take this important first step, and that everyone testifying knows they have a sea of support behind them!
If you can’t attend on the 29th, you can still support this effort by signing the #OR4ReproHealth pledge. Sign here to show your support for all Oregonians having affordable access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion—and ask a friend to do the same.