know about Abortion rights advocates gather in southeast Portland ahead of election
Many Democratic voters in Oregon rate abortion as one of the most important issues when choosing a new governor.
PORTLAND, Ore. — In the wake of a Supreme Court decision that struck down abortion rights across the country, the fight to keep that care affordable continues here in Oregon. Abortion rights advocates gathered at Revolution Hall in southeast Portland on Sunday morning to try to galvanize the community ahead of the November election.
“We are here because we are hopeful of a future where people can make their own medical decisions and access the care they need,” said An Do, CEO of Advocates for Planned Parenthood of Oregon.
Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which established a person’s constitutional right to an abortion. While abortion is protected by law in Oregon, the decision has nonetheless spread throughout the region.
“We need to keep showing up; if the last six years have shown us anything, we cannot take anything for granted,” said Do.
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Among those who came forward for abortion rights on Sunday morning was Ellen Wedum, 79.
“I want to support the cause, and the more people that show up, the more support,” Wedum said. She spent most of her life protesting and defending a woman’s right to choose. “I go to as many pro-abortion events as I can.”
Wedum said she still looks forward to the day the fight for reproductive rights ends.
“It’s a shame to me that we still feel like we have to do this,” he said of Sunday’s event. “Abortion should be legal throughout the country and there should be no more fighting about it. People should just accept it, that a woman should be able to make her own decisions about whether or not she’s going to have a baby.”
Wedum’s daughter, Melora Golden, was also at the event, following in her mother’s footsteps.
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“My mother taught me about justice,” Golden said. “We have a lot of political freedom, although some people may not feel like it, we have a lot of power in this country to affect the rules that govern us and we have a responsibility to assume it.”
Abortion is beginning to shape the November election. According to the most recent survey by DHM Research, quoted Saturday by The OregonianMore and more Democratic voters in Oregon rate abortion as the most important issue when choosing a new governor.
“It makes a lot of sense, I’m not surprised. Oregonians have gone to the polls again and again to protect abortion care here in Oregon.”
In the survey of dhm research, which surveyed 500 likely voters in Oregon, 16% of Democrats ranked abortion as the number one issue they will consider when voting for governor. That’s a 1% increase in January. As for Republicans, 5% of voters listed abortion as their top issue compared to 4% in January.
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“Abortion is absolutely top of mind for voters right now here in Oregon and across the country,” said Christel Allen, executive director of Oregon pro-abortion.
Abortion advocates want to remind people that regardless of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion is legal in Oregon. However, according to a recent poll, 58% of Oregon voters support a ban on abortion in the third trimester, unless it is to save the life of the mother.
“For the first time in history, we have lost a constitutional right,” Allen said. “That anger is real, but this is also our chance to come together as a whole movement to recognize that Roe was never enough and that the only way we are going to get true reproductive freedom for all is by recognizing that until everyone is free, none of us are.”
“I try to do something my way, which is all people can do. Just go out there and do something,” Wedum said.