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Native Americans, middle-aged Oregonians, unvaccinated most affected by long Covid, survey finds

BY: - June 29, 2022

A new survey by University of Oregon researchers found that Native Americans have been disproportionately affected by long Covid and have lower vaccination rates than the state average. The report, The Race Against Covid Is Not Yet Finished, also found that the state is severely undercounting cases and that the online reporting system for at-home […]

Across regions, politics, Oregonians share concerns that the future will include more wildfires

BY: - June 29, 2022

Despite an exceptionally wet spring, Oregonians surveyed in early June overwhelmingly expect a future of increased wildfires across the state, according to a recent survey. The Oregon Values and Belief Center, a nonpartisan public opinion research organization, received 1,500 responses to an online survey sent to adults across the state during the first week of […]

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

BY: - June 28, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said HHS would enforce federal laws to […]

Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, House panel told

BY: - June 28, 2022

Donald Trump had to be held back from joining his enraged, rioting supporters — even after the president was told they were armed — in their assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to astonishing testimony to the Jan. 6 committee Tuesday from a former top White House aide. Trump, spewing expletives, was so angry at […]

Biden administration approves $9M for sagebrush projects across the West

BY: - June 28, 2022

The federal government has committed to spending nearly $1 million on six projects designed to protect and restore sagebrush habitat in Idaho. Earlier this month, Department of Interior and Biden administration officials announced they are spending more than $9 million per year over the next five years on sagebrush habitat projects affecting Idaho and seven […]

Wyden, Merkley want wider access to abortion pills, help with interstate travel for abortions

BY: - June 27, 2022

Senate Democrats, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, are asking President Joe Biden to increase access to abortion pills and help patients obtain abortions in other states following Friday’s Supreme Court decision ending the national right to abortions.  They have been worried about the Supreme Court decision for weeks, since a draft opinion revealing […]

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.  The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington […]

After Supreme Court overturned Roe, LGBTQ advocates worry about what’s next

BY: - June 27, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t immediately affect access to reproductive health care in Oregon, but LGBTQ rights advocates fear other rights may now be in jeopardy. Abortion is protected as a right under the state Constitution, and codified in state law. The same goes for access to contraceptives, which […]

Planned Parenthood to open east Oregon clinic, rallies planned to protest Supreme Court decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

Planned Parenthood is increasing staff at Oregon clinics, boosting telemedicine programs across the state and opening a clinic in Ontario in eastern Oregon, the organization announced Friday. Anne Udall, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette in Portland, said the measures respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe V. […]

AROUND THE U.S.: Leaders react, mobilize in states in wake of Supreme Court decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

Reaction was swift across the U.S. Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court erased nearly 50 years of abortion law. Here is look at reports from states as reported by independent newsrooms affiliated with States Newsroom: ARIZONA: Arizona Republicans cheer Supreme Court ruling on abortion, Democrats express outrage Reaction in Arizona to the U.S. Supreme Court […]

President Joe Biden in Portland

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

BY: - June 24, 2022

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […]

Abortion protest in Texas in May 2021

Brown, state and U.S. lawmakers in Oregon widely condemn U.S. Supreme Court decision

BY: and - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn nearly 50 years of abortion rights protections sparked an outpouring of condemnation in Oregon where reproductive rights are protected by law and Democrats hold the majority of state offices. Political leaders, from the state’s U.S. senators and representatives to legislators and candidates for office, called the decision […]