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I’m writing today out of grave concern about Measure 106.

When I was 17 years old and had just arrived at my freshman year of college I discovered I was pregnant. Away from home for the first time and with my adult life just starting I made the decision to have an abortion. The health care workers who took care of me were warm, supportive, and fully informative, and I had a safe procedure in a medical facility. I was offered counseling and support afterward as a routine part of services. I can’t imagine a modern world that would take women back to the days of back-alley abortion and the attendant risks of infection, future sterility, or even death.

For more than 40 years, Oregon has considered abortion as part of the continuum of reproductive health services that are covered by health insurance and Oregon voters have consistently voted down other measures attempting to restrict abortion access.

Many Oregon public employees as well as those relying on Oregon Health Plan for their health insurance are harmed by Measure 106. It chips away at reproductive health care benefits for hundreds of thousands of Oregon’s most vulnerable individuals, who already experience significant barriers to accessing quality health care. It would disproportionately impact low-income and working Oregonians.

I believe abortion is health care, and health care is a human right. That’s why I’m voting "no" on Measure 106, and why I think you should too.

Lauralyn Roullier

Corvallis (Sept. 15)

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