Measure 43

Argument in Opposition


Ballot Measure 43 creates a government mandated notification by certified mail to parents before a teenager 15 years old or over can have an abortion.

Sound simple? It isn't.

Putting At-Risk Teens at Even Greater Risk.

Teaching responsibility and values must happen long before a young woman gets pregnant. It won't happen through a government mandated form letter that arrives in the mail like the cable bill.

Most older teens facing pregnancy DO talk to their parents. In the real world, however, some teens live in homes filled with violence, alcohol and drugs, even sexual abuse.

Imagine if this form letter is received by the abuser. It could subject the teen to further violence, abuse or even fatal injuries. A vulnerable teen too frightened to tell her parent that she is pregnant could do desperate things, like running away or taking matters into her own hands.

No Exceptions for Rape or Incest

A victim of rape or incest who discovers she's pregnant needs counseling and support from trained professionals who can give her the help she needs – not an impersonal letter sent into a troubled home.

Measure 43 also creates a complicated process that forces a teen who cannot safely tell her parents into the bureaucracy of the Department of Human Services and perhaps even a trial court.

Lawsuits Against Doctors

Measure 43 authorizes lawsuits against doctors, health care professionals and Planned Parenthood if parents don't receive the notice on time – and could take away a doctor's license to practice medicine if the form isn't received for any reason.

We all want to encourage strong parental involvement.
But when you know the facts, it becomes clear that
Measure 43 doesn't help – it hurts.

Please Join With Thousands Of Oregon's Teachers,
Parents, Doctors, Nurses, Counselors And Those Who
Care About Keeping Teens Safe


(This information furnished by M. Hoeven, No on Measure 43.)

Argument in Opposition

Oregon Pediatrician's
Advocate Voting "NO" on Measure 43

Pediatricians Know Family Communication is Key

As pediatricians, we are on the front lines of providing healthcare to teens and young adults and our goal is to ensure their health and well being. We strongly encourage family communication about all health issues, especially reproductive healthcare. But, we know that not all families are the same. Some teens can't talk to their parents and Measure 43 puts those teens at risk.

Family Communication Can't be Government- Mandated

In our experience, strong, healthy family communication needs to start long before a young woman faces an unplanned pregnancy, not by mandated parental notification as required in Measure 43.

Trust Pediatricians to Put Safety First

When teens can't talk to their parents because of family violence, incest or abuse, the consequences of mandatory notification like Measure 43 can be frightening. As we've seen first hand in our medical practice, some teens facing a pregnancy will be beaten, kicked out of the house, or will try to run away or hide their pregnancy. In these situations, these teens need the support of a counselor, doctor or another trusted adult because they cannot turn to an abusive parent.

Fortunately, these cases are not the norm in our practice. In fact, we find that most teens facing an unplanned pregnancy do involve a parent or trusted adult even when not required to do so.

Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

"Adolescents should be strongly encouraged to involve their parents and other trusted adults in decisions regarding pregnancy termination, and the majority of them voluntarily do so. Legislation mandating parental involvement does not achieve the intended benefit of promoting family communication, but it does increase the risk of harm to the adolescent by delaying access to appropriate medical care."

Pediatrics Vol. 97, No. 5

Please Join Us,
Catherine Thompson, MD, Mary Lynn O'Brien MD,
and Pediatricians Across Oregon
in Voting Against Measure 43

(This information furnished by M. Hoeven, No on Measure 43.)

Argument in Opposition

An Important Message from

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon has worked for more than a 15 years to increase access to women's healthcare throughout Oregon—especially in rural Oregon.

We have seen firsthand from Planned Parenthood health centers in Central Oregon, Grants Pass and Florence that rural Oregonians are facing a serious crisis: the availability of health care – especially access to obstetric and gynecological services.

Not only is there is a shortage of doctors outside the metro area, but many doctors practicing in rural parts of the state are not taking new patients.

Measure 43 threatens to take a serious problem and make it worse. Once again, Oregonians are being asked to cast a vote on a measure that looks simple and straight forward, but it is not what it appears.

One of the elements of Measure 43 allows lawsuits to be filed against medical practitioners if they do not conform exactly to the ballot measure's bureaucratic notification process.

Take a close look at the fine print of Measure 43. Let us be very clear about this: these lawsuits would not have anything to do with how medicine is practiced. They would not be about a mistake, or negligence in treating a patient.

According to Measure 43, Planned Parenthood medical providers could be sued simply because the notification letter was not received for whatever reason.

Underserved areas of rural Oregon could lose the doctors they so desperately need to license suspension or revocation because of a bureaucratic snafu at the post office. Measure 43 is seriously flawed.

Don't let Measure 43 put yet another barrier between
rural Oregonians and the health care they need.


(This information furnished by Barbara Lowe, PPAO Board Member, Jacksonville, Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

A Parent's Perspective on Measure 43


Kathryn Firestone, Past President of the Oregon PTA

When I first read Measure 43, my initial reaction was all about my being a parent. I have 2 sons. But if I had a daughter, would I want to know if she was going to have an abortion? Of course I would.

I hope she would talk to me about it. From the time my kids were small, I've made a priority of teaching good communication and sharing my values. That's true in most families: studies show that most teenagers who are considering abortion talk to one or both of their parents.

Measure 43 is not about those young women. And it isn't about girls younger than 15 - a parent has to give permission for any medical procedure for them.

So who would Measure 43 really impact?

Measure 43 isn't just about what happens to kids who live in "good" homes. It is about other kids as well. I know that from personal experience.

When I was 17, my best friend got pregnant. Her father regularly abused her and her brother and sister. She knew that he would beat her if he found out she was pregnant, as he had for far lesser "offenses." She knew that she couldn't safely bring a baby into that house. Fortunately she did have others in her life that could counsel and support her

I couldn't forgive myself if my vote meant that an abused 17 year old would get a beating or worse because a government mandated form letter showed up in a troubled or violent home – maybe into the hands of the abuser himself.

As a parent I want to protect my children. But we should be concerned with the safety of all children. For too many young women, Measure 43 simply is not safe.

Please remember them when you are filling out your ballot.


(This information furnished by Kathryn Firestone, Past President of the Oregon PTA.)

Argument in Opposition

Nurses in Oregon
Recommend You Vote No on Measure 43

When you think about a nurse's job, the first thing that comes to mind is health care. But there is another word that describes what we do: communication.

Patients spend more time with nurses than any other health care professional. We are the ones who must be most sensitive and attuned to what a patient needs. The only way we can do that is through good communication – often in the most difficult circumstances.

We believe in communication within families as well. If a young woman 15 or older is facing the decision of whether to terminate her pregnancy, we would hope that she would consult her parents. Most do – and they will not be affected by this measure.

But what about the ones who can't?

What about the girls whose parents will not react with love and support, but with hostility, abuse or violence?

When we cast a vote on Measure 43, those are the girls whose lives we hold in our hands.

In hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices throughout Oregon, we have seen too many of these girls. We have helped treat them and counsel them. Believe us when we say that Measure 43 will have a devastating impact on some of their lives.

A government mandate, certified notification letters, the trial court and potential lawsuits against health care professionals will not make anyone safer. They will not provide counseling or comfort. They certainly will not magically create healthy family communication where there is none.

When you vote, please remember that there are real human consequences to this measure.

Please Join:
Jacquelyn Moon, School Nurse, RN
Mariah O'Brien, RN
Katherine Jeffcott, RN

In Marking Your Ballot "NO" on Measure 43

(This information furnished by M. Hoeven, No on Measure 43.)

Argument in Opposition

Don't put an abused teenager at even greater risk.
Vote NO on Measure 43

By Police Lieutenant Jeff Barker (ret.)

There are often ideas that sound good on the surface, but in the real world are anything but. Measure 43 is definitely one of them.

Not every family is a healthy family…

I am all for parental involvement, especially in the context of a healthy family relationship. But as a veteran police officer with 31 years of law enforcement experience, I can tell you from terrible firsthand experience, there are an awful lot of young women who live in unhealthy, often abusive family situations.

Puts older teens at risk…

The notification requirements of Measure 43 could put these older teens at even greater risk. We all hope that young women receive support, counseling and understanding from their parents. But in some homes, the result would be a beating, or even worse. What if her pregnancy was the result of rape or incest, and the abuser is the one who gets the notification?

The bottom line is this measure won't have much of an impact on young women in good homes: the vast majority of them already tell their parents if they get pregnant. But it could have a terrible impact on the girls who are most likely to be affected.

Unrealistic and Unworkable…

Yes, the measure outlines a convoluted process allowing an abused teen to petition the State Department of Human Services to waive notification. But look closely at that process: does anyone really believe that a scared teenager is going to jump through all of these bureaucratic hoops? It was hard enough for me to navigate that kind of bureaucracy as a cop. It just isn't going to work.

As a police officer, my job was to protect citizens –
especially the most vulnerable. I would not be doing my
duty if I voted for Measure 43.
I hope you won't either.

(This information furnished by Jeff Barker.)

Argument in Opposition

An Important Message from Doctors in Oregon

Measure 43 is not written for the real world

As doctors, our job is to keep Oregon families healthy. We encourage strong family communication. In fact, the best way to reduce teen pregnancy is through early communication promoting values and responsibility.

But we live in the real world, where not every teen can talk to her parents.

Some teens live in abusive homes, where the threat of violence hangs over their heads every day. We have seen the tragic results of teens living in these troubled homes.

These teens need support and counseling, not a form letter sent to the abusive parent like the cable bill.

Measure 43 endangers vulnerable teens

As doctors, we are deeply concerned that Measure 43 would put the health and safety of vulnerable teens at risk.

Imagine a teen living in an abusive home. She's terrified every day of what might trigger violence at home.

Imagine her abusive parent getting a certified form letter saying that their daughter is pregnant. This would be like throwing fuel on a fire. It could lead to further abuse, violence and even death.

And desperate teens do desperate things. A teen frightened of what might happen when the form letter arrives might feel that there is no way out.

Government shouldn't interfere

As doctors, we are trained to deal with difficult and sensitive health issues.

Oregon law already allows doctors to tell parents of an older teenager if she is seeking an abortion, a delicate decision that requires training and experience.

The answer isn't unnecessary new laws telling doctors how to practice medicine. Vulnerable teens in troubled homes need help from supportive adults and medical professionals - not government mandates.

Please join us in voting No on Measure 43
It's not safe for Oregon

Rose Blackwell, MD F.A.C.O.G
A. Edelman, MD
Reneé E. Grandi, MD
Seth Jackson, MD
Jennifer Murray, MD
Roberta Palmer, MD
Stuart Rosenblum, MD

(This information furnished by M. Hoeven, No on Measure 43.)

Argument in Opposition

Measure 43's Complicated Appeal Process
Won't Work In The Real World

Betty Roberts, Former Oregon Supreme Court Judge

Sandra Sawyer, Former Juvenile Court Judge

As a former Supreme Court Judge and a former Juvenile Court Judge we are very concerned about the complicated legal process that Measure 43 sets up for older teens that will be affected by this measure.

Let's say that a pregnant teen cannot go to her parents for help or support, or because it will be unsafe?

Other than an ill-defined "medical emergency," Measure 43 does not allow for any exceptions – not even for rape, incest or another dangerous or abusive home situation.

The only recourse is a complex bureaucratic appeals process that simply will not work in the real world.

This is the system that a frightened teen would have to navigate to avoid a potentially dangerous or traumatic notification:

  • First, the teen would have to make a written application to the State Department of Human Services (DHS) to request a hearing.

  • DHS then requests the assignment of an Administrative Law Judge to the case.

Despite the name "Judge," this state employee is not an actual judge. He or she is not required to be a lawyer, nor to have any training or experience in the sensitive issues to be decided on.

  • If the Administrative Law Judge does not grant the waiver, the teen must appeal to a trial court.

  • There is no provision to provide counsel or counseling of any kind to the teen forced to go through this process.

We have long experience in the law, and can tell you this process would be difficult for an adult in non-traumatic circumstances. And a pregnant, possibly abused teen? It is simply unrealistic. It is also dangerous: she could consider running away, or worse, take matters into her own hands…

Please Join Us in Voting NO on Measure 43

(This information furnished by Sandra Sawyer.)

Argument in Opposition

Oregon's Classroom Teachers
Urge You to Vote NO on 43

As educators, we work with young people in classrooms every day. There is nothing more important to us than helping them succeed, and keeping them safe.

That is why we strongly urge you to vote NO on Ballot Measure 43.

It is unusual for us to weigh in on an issue like this, but because we work with the young women who would be harmed by this measure, we feel it is our obligation to speak out.

By requiring, without exception, that there be parental notification by certified letter 48 hours before a teen 15 years or older has an abortion, Measure 43 will put some teens at great risk.

Most teens are able to communicate with their parents, even though it can sometimes be a challenge. This measure will not impact them. Our concern however, is for teens from more troubled homes. We know them because they are our students too.

As teachers, we witness the abuse, neglect, and crisis that these students shoulder. Sadly, we know that not every teen can safely go to their parents. We know from our experiences with these students the devastating impact a letter like that could have. Measure 43, which doesn't even have an exception for cases of rape or incest, puts teens who are already in trouble at greater risk.

With Measure 43, a government mandated certified letter replaces the support of people that could help a young woman in crisis: a doctor, a safe and supportive relative, a counselor, or even a teacher.

Please join Oregon's educators in voting no on Measure 43. It is not simple, and it is not safe.

Oregon Education Association

(This information furnished by Larry Wolf, President, Oregon Education Association.)

Argument in Opposition

The League of Women Voters of Oregon
Advises you to vote "No" on Measure 43

Measure 43 will not support traumatized teenage girls.

The League of Women Voters believes that parental notification would place legal, economic and emotional barriers in the way of a teenage girl to keep her from terminating her pregnancy.

Such delays and barriers are part of the cultural wars currently raging in America and have nothing to do with what is medically best for a young woman caught up in a traumatic and tragic situation.

Measure 43 may increase the risk of both physical and mental trauma to the teenager.

Many families are not as supportive as we would like. If the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest by her father, adoptive father, family friend or guardian, then a certified letter could even put her life in danger.

Measure 43 is too complex for most teenagers.

The administrative and court procedures, specified by Measure 43 to avoid a certified letter being sent to parents, are too complex for most teenagers to follow.

Finding help could be difficult, since it may be necessary to rely on lawyers and other professionals for support, a cost that few of any age can surmount. Thus, it would seem that the real purpose of Measure 43 is to interfere in the reproductive rights of the individual.

Measure 43 fails to face the facts.

Measure 43 is about stopping abortions, which is more important to the promoters of this measure than the lives and futures of vulnerable young women. Oregonians have always supported a woman's right to choose.

We need to stand up for these young women who may have to make a most difficult decision, and who have no functional family for support. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government.

Please join the League of Women Voters of Oregon
in voting "No" on Measure 43

(This information furnished by Margaret Noel, League of Women Voters of Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Nurses Association

Urges a "NO" vote on Measure 43

Young women need a place to go when they are scared or in need of guidance. Nurses recognize that for older teens, parents are their best allies in making good decisions during times of distress. Through the confidential nature of the provider-teen relationship, most young women are successfully counseled to involve one or both parents in their reproductive health.

Measure 43 is Not Necessary

Under current law, the secure environment of a licensed health care professional is the major factor in a young woman seeking parental involvement surrounding health decisions. If we disturb this confidential relationship, we lose an important opportunity for these troubled teens to willingly involve their parents in a vitally important life decision.

Measure 43 is Harmful to Our Young Women

Unfortunately, not all young women have loving parents. The one source of compassion that some older teens may have in this distressing time is a licensed health care provider—a nurse.

Mandatory parental notification will turn what was once the only source of legitimate support into a source of fear for these women. The opportunity to explore choices other than abortion with a licensed health care professional will be lost.

Young women whose very safety depends on terminating a pregnancy in complete confidence could seek other means. She might do something dangerous, such as: buy drugs off the internet, obtain services from a non-medical, self-described "abortionist", or perform self-induced abortion.

Keep Our Teens in Safe Hands

A government mandate, certified notification letters, court hearings, and revocation or suspension of license to practice will not make any woman safer. They will not provide counseling or comfort, nor will they improve already broken patterns of parental communication.

Nurses lead young women to make the choice to involve their parents.

Vote "NO" on Measure 43

(This information furnished by Susan King, Executive Director, Oregon Nurses Association.)

Argument in Opposition

A Nurse's Perspective

from Jane Ann White, RN

Vote "NO" on Measure 43

As a registered nurse for over 26 years, I've helped care for hundreds of patients, many of them teenagers.

In a perfect world, every teen would live in a supportive, caring home with open communication and healthy parental involvement.

I wish that we lived in a perfect world, but we don't. Too many teens live in homes racked by abuse and violence.

I know, because I've heard their stories, and it is just heartbreaking.

Vulnerable teens at risk of violence

One 16-year-old came to my office shaking, terrified to tell her parents that she was pregnant. "I just want to finish high school," she said. Living in a violent home, she had seen her older sister beaten, thrown out of the house and unable to graduate.

Another young woman would do anything to avoid her violent father finding out. He repeatedly threatened to "beat you within inches of your life and throw you away in the street with the garbage" if she got pregnant. She believed him.

No exceptions for rape or incest

Some of my toughest days are when I see a teen who is the victim of rape or incest.

The pain, suffering and trauma from the attacks is horrible enough. Just imagine how this young woman feels when she discovers she is pregnant.

To avoid notifying an abusive parent, Measure 43 would require victims of rape and incest to navigate the bureaucracy and administrative law judges, driving them further away from the care they need.

I have seen young women struggle to rise above a childhood of abuse and put their lives back on track.

I can't imagine what their lives would be like today if a government mandated letter had been sent like a ticking time bomb into their violent homes.

Please join me in voting NO on Measure 43.

Vulnerable teens need our help.

(This information furnished by Jane Ann White.)

Argument in Opposition

American Association of University Women Urges
a "NO" Vote on Measure 43

Government can't mandate family communication

Healthy family communication and parental involvement are things everyone wants for every family. In a perfect world, every teen would feel that she could talk to her parents about anything, even pregnancy.

In fact, the best way to reduce teen pregnancy is to promote family communication long before a teen gets pregnant. We can protect teens by teaching them responsibility and values early.

Measure 43 puts vulnerable young women at risk

Studies show that most teens do talk to their parents when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. In a perfect world, every teen with an unwanted pregnancy would talk to her parents.

But we don't live in a perfect world and not every family is a model family. Some teens can't talk to their parents because their homes are violent, racked by alcohol and drug abuse.

A government mandated letter arriving in the mail will not fix the problems in an abusive home and could put a teen at risk of further violence.

No exception for incest

Measure 43 takes the tragic situation of incest and makes it worse.

Think about it. A young woman who is the victim of incest discovers that she is pregnant. When she goes to the doctor, she learns that a certified form letter will go home to her father. Sending a form letter to the person who sexually abused his daughter could lead to further abuse or even violence.

If she wants to avoid having her parent notified, she will have to plead her case to an administrative law judge with no required medical training or experience.

Under Measure 43, a victim of incest will become a victim a second time, when she is pushed away from the support and help she needs.

Join the 2,000 Oregon members of the
American Association of University Women
in Voting "NO" on Measure 43

(This information furnished by Alice M. Bartelt, The American Association of University Women of Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Urge a "NO" Vote on Measure 43

Measure 43 is Not a Healthy Solution for
Older Teens or for Oregon

Measure 43 Poses Health Risks for Older Teens

As doctors who work with women and their reproductive health decisions, we know that requiring parental notification is not a healthy solution for older teens. Most teens talk with their parents, but every day, we work with teens who can't because of violence and abuse. Teens will go to extremes to avoid the risk of increased violence and abuse, many times resulting in a lack of or delayed medical care. We've seen teens make dangerous decisions like trusting unscrupulous people offering unsafe and sometimes fatal options.

Measure 43 Has No Exception for Rape or Incest

Measure 43 is a government mandate that takes a delicate situation out of the hands of doctors and makes it worse. At this traumatic time in their lives, these young women need help from supportive adults, counselors, doctors and nurses, not images of the consequences of a certified letter coming in the mail. This law pushes away doctors and puts them at risk of being sued or losing their license. The doctor is punished, the young woman is punished, everybody loses.

Measure 43 Threatens Access to All Health Care

Oregon already has too few obstetricians and gynecologists; Measure 43 threatens to shut down more doctors' offices, impacting the health care of all Oregon women. Measure 43 allows doctors to be sued or lose their license if a parent doesn't receive notification for any reason. These lawsuits would not be about quality of care, but about navigating a confusing bureaucratic process.

Protect the Health of Teens and Health Care for All Women
Vote "NO" on Measure 43

(This information furnished by Roberto M. deCastro, M.D., Chairman, Oregon Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.)

Argument in Opposition

Planned Parenthood of the
Columbia/Willamette urges a
"NO" Vote on Measure 43

Measure 43—it's not what it seems and it's not what we need.

As one of the largest providers of reproductive health care, family planning services, and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette is on the front lines of providing care to thousands of Oregon teens every year. We know what works and we should not take a risk on a government mandate that puts at-risk teens in harms way.

Measure 43—it won't work and causes real problems.

Planned Parenthood strongly promotes healthy family communication, but teaching about responsibility and values has to happen before a young woman faces an unplanned pregnancy, not by government mandated parental notification as required in Measure 43. We know first hand that not all families are the same. Some teens are in desperate and dangerous situations and can't talk to their parents. Measure 43 puts those teens at risk.

Measure 43 punishes medical providers.

Measure 43 authorizes lawsuits against health care providers such as Planned Parenthood if the government mandated notification letter is not received for any reason. Teens, particularly those who are at-risk, need timely medical attention from caring trained medical professionals – not a new law that allows medical providers to be sued and possibly lose their licenses.

The real answer is prevention and education.

We have decades of experience and we know what works when it comes to reducing the number of unintended pregnancies. That is why we are working closely with agencies and allied organizations to promote proven prevention and education programs. It is clear our efforts are working. According to Vital Statistics, Oregon's teen pregnancy rate has declined by 39% over the past ten years and the trend continues.

Please Join Planned Parenthood
in Voting NO on Measure 43

(This information furnished by Nancy Bennett, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette.)

Argument in Opposition

I'm a Parent, Like You…
And I'm Voting No on Measure 43

Nothing is more important to me than my kids and my family. Sometimes it's scary being a parent in today's world. Things like drugs, the internet, even pop culture and the media seem to have a greater hold on our kids than ever before.

As the world for my kids seems to get bigger and bigger, it makes me want to pull them closer in. But I know that ultimately they need to make their way in the world.

As a parent my job is to love and support them, teach them right from wrong and trust them to make responsible choices on the road of life. I know my kids will come to me, and talk to me about tough issues…they already have. I trust the strength of our relationship and the lines of communication in our family.

I know that my kids would come to me for guidance long before some notice in the mail. But the more I think about it the more I realize that not every family is like mine.

As parents we come to know our kids' classmates, teammates and friends. We know there are families where things just aren't right, they are unstable or neglectful. We have all seen parents with drug or alcohol abuse problems, or those we suspect abuse their kids.

I am voting No on Measure 43 not because of my kids or yours, but because not every kid is lucky enough to have a loving and safe family. Those who do have good families don't need this measure, and for those who don't, this measure will only make things worse.

Please join me in voting against Measure 43

Nancy Hamilton, Mom

(This information furnished by Nancy Hamilton.)

Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Medical Association
Urges You to Vote "NO" on Measure 43

As physicians, we commit to the principle:
"First, do no harm." This principle leads us to ask you to vote "NO" on Ballot Measure 43.

1) Measure 43 increases the potential for harm.
As physicians, we pledge to protect our patients. But Ballot Measure 43 makes it impossible for us to protect some of our most vulnerable patients—young women who may be in a dangerous or abusive situation. Measure 43 makes no exception in the case of incest or rape.

2) Measure 43 is unnecessary.
Under current law, physicians may inform parents about a minor's abortion without the consent of the minor. Oregon law allows physicians and other health care providers to use their professional judgment to make decisions that are in the best interest of the patient. The decision to notify a parent is not taken lightly and requires the keen judgment of a professional, not a unilateral, impersonal governmental decree.

3) Measure 43 increases bureaucratic red tape.
The state legislature has already deemed that minors 15 years of age or older are mature enough to consent to medical procedures, including abortion.

4) Measure 43 increases risk to physicians.
If Measure 43 passes, physicians may face suspension or loss of their license for performing a legal procedure because they failed to give notice in the 48-hour period. Measure 43 increases the probability for lawsuits because the measure provides for a new avenue for lawsuits.

Measure 43 takes the decision of what is best for a young person out of the hands of caring medical professionals, counselors or trusted extended family members and places it into the hands of a government mandate.

Please Vote NO on Measure 43

Andris Antoniskis, MD
President, Oregon Medical Association

(This information furnished by Andris Antoniskis, M.D., President, Oregon Medical Association.)

Argument in Opposition

Sexual Assault Support Services
Recommends Voting "No" on 43

Measure 43 won't protect victims of sexual assault.
We know that in the real world, some teens cannot talk to their parents. Some teens live in homes where they are at risk of abuse, or are already survivors of sexual assault. Teens experience high rates of sexual violence; one in four young women are sexually assaulted or abused before their 18th birthday.

Measure 43 offers no exception even for rape or incest.
As one of the leading organizations in Oregon assisting survivors of sexual abuse, Sexual Assault Support Services works with hundreds of young women each year; many are terrified to tell their parents they were raped, and many face further abuse when their parents do find out. Measure 43 will not protect these young women, and will leave them with no access to help if they get pregnant.

Rape or incest victims won't get the help they need.
A young woman who is pregnant from these horrific scenarios doesn't need a certified letter to a parent who may be responsible for the abuse. She doesn't need a complex bureaucratic process in a time of crisis. She needs supportive adults-- counselors, doctors, nurses, and rape crisis center advocates-- to help her through this traumatic time.

This law will prevent abused teens from looking for help, and will threaten these trained professionals with the risk of being sued and losing their license if the required letter is not sent, not received, or lost in the mail. This does nothing to end the abuse or support the young woman, who may be forced to look for help through other, perhaps illegal or dangerous, avenues. This nightmare is not what Oregonians want for our children.

Measure 43 will not keep teens safe. Teens will be left more vulnerable and at greater risk unless Oregonians reject this heartless and dangerous measure.

Please Vote "NO" on Measure 43.

(This information furnished by Maria Paladino, Director of Programs and Services, Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County.)

Argument in Opposition

The National Association of Social Workers,
Oregon Chapter

Urges a "NO" Vote on Measure 43

NASW, the professional association for social workers in Oregon, is 1,700 members strong. We oppose Measure 43 because as social workers we know first hand that not every family is an ideal family, there are far more children who are abused, neglected or forgotten than most people realize.

Measure 43: Fails to Address Abusive Homes

Social workers work with families torn apart by alcoholism, drug abuse and family violence every day. Unfortunately, these are often families in chaos—the parents are unable to cope with their own addictions and problems, let alone provide their teenagers with the guidance, counsel and support that they need.

It is sad but true that some homes are dangerous and abusive places for kids to grow up. These kids are already too isolated, and we see daily the difference that access to adults who are caring, trained professionals can make in their lives. This measure threatens to push those adults away, leading to even more isolation for teens at a traumatic time in their lives.

Measure 43: Is Not Safe

Measure 43 puts teens who live in abusive homes at greater risk. The Measure has no exemptions for rape or incest. We would like to believe that all families are loving and stable, but our work takes us into homes that are troubled, or worse, violent. We know in a personal way how dangerous the consequences of this Measure could be in those homes.

Measure 43: Is Not Necessary

Research has shown that the vast majority of teens will involve at least one parent if confronted by an unplanned pregnancy. The small percentage who might try to conceal the pregnancy would likely be those teens living in an abusive or volatile home situation.

Measure 43: Not Safe, Not Necessary,
Not Right for Oregon

Please Join Social Workers in
Rejecting Measure 43: Vote No

(This information furnished by Mark McKechnie, National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter.)

Argument in Opposition

I'm a Dad.

There is nothing I wouldn't do to protect my daughters.

That is why I am voting No on 43.

From the moment I first looked into the eyes of both my little girls, I knew there was nothing I wouldn't do to protect them. Of course, protecting your kids isn't always as simple as it seems. My love for my daughters is absolute. But in the real world, things aren't always so black and white.

If one of my daughters found herself facing a pregnancy, of course I would want to know. I hope she would come to me or to her mother for advice and support.

But what if she was too afraid of disappointing us? I don't want that to be true, but I have to be honest and admit it is possible. What if the prospect of a notification letter being sent to us was too much for her, and she ran away, or even did something more dangerous and desperate?

There is no question that Measure 43 could create just that situation.

I also worry about all those teenagers who aren't lucky enough to live in a home like ours. We hear about them in the news all the time – kids who are abused and neglected. It is easy to see how a notification letter sent into a home like that could subject an already abused teen to the beating of a lifetime – or worse.

Right now, a doctor has the right to notify the parents of an older teen that she is considering an abortion. I would much rather that judgment is in the hands of a trained, caring professional rather than a government mandate or a state bureaucracy.

If you are a Dad like me, let's protect all of our daughters.
Join me in voting NO on Measure 43!

Jerry Fernee, Portland

(This information furnished by Jerry Fernee.)

Argument in Opposition

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon
Advocates a NO Vote on Measure 43

Measure 43 will not help family communication.

At Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, we have worked for over forty years to encourage and support strong family communication about difficult issues through our education and outreach programs. We offer information and support to parents on how to develop strong, healthy communication with their children, while also teaching factual information about reproduction.

Our experience tells us that the government cannot mandate successful family communication. Successful, healthy communication requires teaching about responsibility and values and opening the lines of communication between parents and youth well before a young woman faces a pregnancy. And that is why we are urging you to oppose Measure 43.

Measure 43 will not help a young woman talk to her parents. This government mandate may seem reasonable at first. But the reality is that not all families are the same. The majority of older teens already seek the support of a parent or other trusted adult in making reproductive health care decisions. However, we know some teens simply cannot talk to their parents, and this measure will not fix those families.

Measure 43 will not protect our most vulnerable teens. The mandate in Measure 43 to force a doctor to send a certified letter to a parent who may be responsible for the abuse increases the risk to vulnerable teens. Measure 43 won't protect teen safety.

Young women enter our clinics every day seeking family planning information and services, with the support of a mom, dad, grandma, aunt or other trusted adult. This measure could change that because even in stable families, the threat of a certified letter could frighten teens away from the very support they need most.

We oppose Measure 43 because we know it simply will not keep our teens safe.

Please join us by voting no on Measure 43.

(This information furnished by Bill Sheppard, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

Religious Leaders in Oregon
Urge a "NO" Vote on Measure 43

Clergy and People of Faith Oppose Measure 43

As Clergy, we care for those who most need care. Ballot Measure 43 is not as safe for teens and families as it seems. We understand that every family is different, with their own challenges and problems. Imposing a one-size-fits-all government mandate will not help teens from troubled homes.

Government Mandated Communication is Not the Answer

We know that the vast majority of families are involved with one another, including the lives of their daughters. Part of the job of the ministry is to support this successful family structure. We encourage strong, healthy families. Our experience has taught us that the best way to promote good family communication and values is to start early.

Teaching about responsibility and your own family values has to start when a child is very young to foster open, honest communication. Government-mandated parental notification after a young woman becomes pregnant will not improve family communication.

Measure 43 Makes a Tragic Situation, Worse

We know there are some young women who cannot involve their parents because they come from homes where physical violence or emotional abuse is prevalent or because their pregnancies are the result of incest. Ballot Measure 43 has no exceptions for rape or incest. Even in stable families, the threat of a certified letter could frighten teens away from the support they need.

Measure 43 Simply Will Not Keep Our Teens Safe

Measure 43 will complicate the lives of vulnerable teens, rather than help them. We offer our support to young women and families who need help at this traumatic time. Families need help; they do not need a new government mandate in their most private parenting and family decisions.

Measure 43 is not safe or simple

Join us in Voting NO

Reverend Alicia Speidel, Medford
Reverend Paul B. Robinson, Medford (Ret)
Reverends Pat and Gene Ross, Portland

(This information furnished by Alicia Speidel and Paul B. Robinson.)

Argument in Opposition

Outside In Urges You to Oppose Measure 43

Outside In opposes Measure 43. Outside In works to address the changing needs of homeless youth as they work toward self-sufficiency and improved health by providing them innovative services and resources. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being, and positive development of young people who are homeless. Because we are committed to the health and safety of these young people, we oppose Measure 43.

Measure 43 does not take into account the real world. This measure will drive more young people away from their homes and onto the streets. We see, every day, young people that do not have a healthy relationship with their parents. Youth living in abusive or troubles homes know that a certified letter to their parents will be dangerous. These same youth have had bad experiences navigating bureaucratic systems—an administrative law judge is not the answer for them either. These two options are not enough for the young people we serve. Measure 43 won't protect their safety.

Measure 43 is not safe for Oregon's most vulnerable youth. Young women, from troubled homes, facing a pregnancy need help from supportive adults, counselors, doctors and nurses. This government mandate may sound good at first, but the problem is not all families are the same. We know. We work tirelessly to protect Oregon's most vulnerable youth who are living proof. It is our responsibility, as the voters in Oregon to cast our ballots to keep our youth safe.

Outside In protects our most troubled youth,
We know Measure 43 is a bad idea.
Please Vote "NO"

(This information furnished by Kathy Oliver, Outside In.)

Argument in Opposition


We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the well being of teens, the healthy communication of families and the protection of safe and accessible health care in Oregon.

Measure 43 creates serious problems – and in some cases potentially tragic risks – in all of these aspects. It is not simple. It is not safe. We urge you to join us and other concerned citizens in voting NO on 43.

Below is a partial list of organizations and individuals endorsing the campaign to defeat this measure, for an expanded list, please visit www.NoOn43.com.

Health Care Professionals and Medical Providers

  • The Oregon Medical Association

  • Oregon Nurses Association

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Oregon

  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon

Parents and Educators

  • Oregon Education Association

  • Kathryn Firestone, Past President of the Oregon PTA

Judges and Law Enforcement

  • Betty Roberts, Former Supreme Court Judge

  • Sandra Sawyer, Former Juvenile Court Judge

  • Police Lieutenant (Ret.) Jeff Barker

Religious Leaders and People of Faith

  • National Council of Jewish Women, Portland Section

  • Rev. (Ret.) Paul B. Robinson, Medford

  • Rev. Alicia Speidel, Medford

  • Reverends Pat and Gene Ross

Social Service Providers

  • National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter

  • Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County

  • Outside In

Civic Leaders and Community Organizations

  • Governor Barbara Roberts

  • Mayor Tom Potter

  • Democratic Party of Oregon

(This information furnished by M. Hoeven, No on Measure 43.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722