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Oregon abortion rights “not chiseled in stone,” advocates warn

Lisa Gardner, Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon

The topic of abortion has blanketed the news of late-- with stories of statewide bans, federal legislation protections and threats to the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v Wade. Here’s a check-in on where Oregon stands on the issue.

Lisa Gardner is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. She said she can’t think of a time that women’s reproductive rights were not under attack, somewhere.

“We have a long history in Oregon of protecting these rights,” she said, “but, I also want to make sure that people listening understand that it’s not chiseled in stone that this will be the case forever.”

Gardner said if the constitutional right to abortion is undermined, the impact would be felt everywhere. She added Texas’s new law (Senate Bill 8) which, bans abortion at the detection of cardiac activity, has affected local clinics.  “We here in Oregon are seeing the impacts of women seeking health care outside of the state of Texas.”

Gardner sits on the National Action Fund Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation and participated in the Women’s March for abortion rights in Washington D.C last Saturday.

Want to hear more? Check out this extended interview with Lisa Gardner, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. 

KLCC's Tiffany Eckert produced this extended interview with the CEO of Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon. Hear Lisa Gardner discuss Texas's abortion ban and its impact on Oregon, abortion rights legislation passed by the US House with the Women's Health Protection Act, an end to Title 10 Gag Rule, Oregon's reproductive rights history and more.

Credit Lisa Gardner, Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon
Lisa Gardner in a black 1973 shirt with a group of Planned Parenthood National Action Fund Board members.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
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