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Measure 106 looks to cut public funding from "unnecessary abortions"

(Courtesy: MGN)

Measure 106 looks to end public funding for medically "unnecessary abortions."

This does not cut funding for abortions that are the result of circumstances such as rape or incest.

This does not change that doctors can perform abortions if medically necessary.

The measure goes on to clarify that public funds, money controlled by the state, will not be used to reimburse insurance companies for abortion costs.

Supporters of the measure say taxpayers should not be paying for abortions if they are not medically necessary.

One supporter who had an abortion noted the risks involved in abortions that some who have the operation done may not be aware of, including emotional and fertility risks.

Another supporter who also had an abortion pointed to the physical pain she went through in the future after the operation.

Those opposed to the measure say not allowing public funds to ease the cost of the operation will impact low-income families the most, those who cannot afford to pay for an abortion out of pocket.

Other opponents noted this may open the door to "cherry-picking" which medical procedures health insurers may cover. Measure 106 still allows abortions that fall under federal law guidelines. According to the Secretary of State's office, "The financial impact of the measure is anticipated to result in a net annual expenditure increase of $19.3 million in public funds administered by state government."
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