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News Release
Reproductive Rights Leaders Condemn Knute Buehler's Misleading Campaign Ad - 07/12/18

Yesterday Knute Buehler released a new television ad attempting to cover up his record of voting against expanding access to reproductive health care; protecting a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion; and expanding healthcare access for low-income families.

Leaders from Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC strongly condemn the ad, titled “Our Bodies,” as misleading and irresponsible.

Emily McLain, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon, said: “Knute Buehler voted against the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which enshrines Roe v. Wade into Oregon law. This was the single most important vote in Buehler’s legislative career to protect access to reproductive health care, and Buehler voted no. There is absolutely no room for uncertainty when it comes to protecting reproductive health care in Oregon and in our country at this time.”

Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC, said: “It’s irresponsible for Knute Buehler to be on television and online telling women and girls that birth control is available over the counter in Oregon. It is not. As a physician, Buehler knows the difference between a prescription and over-the-counter medication and is offering misleading information in this ad.”

Oregonians deserve to know the truth. Here are 10 questions that Knute Buehler still hasn’t answered:

  1. Why did he vote against codifying Roe v. Wade into Oregon law?

  2. Why has he been silent about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee who is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade?

  3. Why did he say abortion is “the wrong option” if he’s indeed “pro-choice”?

  4. Why did he promise to restrict abortion, while claiming he “doesn't see access to abortion under threat”?

  5. Why did he seek the recommendation of Oregon Right to Life, a radical organization that wants to ban all abortion and the most popular forms of birth control?

  6. Why does he oppose state funding for low-income women to access to safe, legal abortion through their insurance plan?

  7. Why has he refused to defend the Planned Parenthood health center that serves his own constituents, in the face of relentless attacks at the federal level from his own political party?

  8. Why did he brag on right-wing radio about his “record in the Legislature of voting against Governor Brown’s efforts to expand access to abortion”?

  9. Why does he continue to misrepresent the existence of “over the counter” birth control in Oregon?

  10. Why did he vote against the Oregon Health Plan, which covers reproductive health services for thousands of women throughout the state?

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC have endorsed Governor Kate Brown for re-election because she has provided clear answers to these questions in her endorsement interviews and in her longtime voting record and leadership. Voters should visit TheTruthAboutKnute.com for more information about why Buehler cannot be trusted to protect women’s health and rights.

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