The Oregon House set votes this week on abortion and firearms legislation that will divide the political parties, unlike multimillion-dollar packages for homelessness and housing and semiconductor manufacturing that largely united the parties during the first half of the 2023 session.

House Bill 2002, scheduled Monday, May 1, builds on Oregon’s 2017 law ensuring access to abortion and other reproductive and gender-affirming health care.

Peter Wong covers Oregon politics for Pamplin Media Group.


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