NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Time to Care Coalition Partners Celebrate Passage of HB 2005

SALEM, Ore – Today the Oregon Senate voted 21-6 to pass House Bill 2005 (2 excused, 1 absent), which will establish Oregon’s first statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program. As a steering committee member of the Time to Care Oregon coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, helped lead this historic victory for Oregon families, even as H.B. 2005 was among the 100 bills held up by the 7-day Senate Republican walk-out.

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Executive Director Grayson Dempsey had this to say:

“With the passage of HB 2005, we are proud to bring the most progressive paid family medical leave policy in the nation to Oregon’s families. There can be no reproductive justice without strong economic policies that allow families to welcome a child or care for themselves or their loved ones during a time of medical emergency without jeopardizing their financial security. NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon applauds the legislature for taking this historic step toward reproductive and economic equity for all people.”

As NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s top legislative priority in 2019, H.B. 2005 will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to all working Oregonians to welcome a new member to the family or to care for themselves or a loved one during a serious medical event.

In light of the uncertain return of 11 Senate Republicans, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon members responded in force, with hundreds of calls, emails, and visits to pressure the Senators to return and pass H.B. 2005.

As an assistant professor and researcher at OHSU and PSU, NARAL Pro-Choice Board Member Julia Goodman said, “My research became personal when I had to go back to work while my infant daughter was still in the hospital after exhausting my available leave. Like many Oregonians, I couldn’t afford to stay home from my job during this critical moment.” Following today’s win, she continued, “This is a moment that should make all Oregonians proud. We’ve finally decided to put the health and well-being of our families first by passing the most inclusive and expansive policy in the country. Thanks to H.B. 2005, no one will have to choose between caring for their loved ones or paying their bills.”

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The Time to Care Oregon coalition has succeeded in passing the nation’s most progressive paid family and medical leave during Oregon’s 2019 Legislative Session. Learn more at www.TimeforOregon.org.

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregondevelops and sustains a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every person who can become pregnant the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Learn more at www.ProChoiceOregon.org.

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