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State Constitutional Protection

The Oregon Constitution protects the right to choose to a greater extent than the U.S. Constitution.  A court struck down under the state constitution an administrative rule limiting state medical assistance for abortion to the extent it denied funding for medically necessary abortion services.  Planned Parenthood Ass'n v. Dep't of Human Resources, 663 P.2d 1247 (Or. Ct. App. 1983), aff'd on other grounds, 687 P.2d 785 (Or. 1984).  A similar restriction has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court under the U.S. Constitution. Williams v. Zbaraz, 448 U.S. 358 (1980).

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