2019 Oregon Revised Statutes | Volume : 12 - Public Health | Chapter 435 - Birth Control; Termination of Pregnancy
OR Rev Stat § 435.215 Right to refuse services protected.
The refusal of any person to accept family planning and birth control
services shall in no way affect the right of such person to receive public
assistance or any other public benefit and every person to whom such
services are offered shall be so advised initially both orally and in
writing. Employees engaged in the administration of ORS 435.205 to 435.235
shall recognize that the right to make decisions concerning family planning
and birth control is a fundamental personal right of the individual and
nothing in ORS 435.205 to 435.235 shall in any way abridge such individual
right, nor shall any individual be required to state the reason for refusing
the offer of family planning and birth control services. [1967 c.491 s.3;
1971 c.779 s.66; 1987 c.158 s.81]
OR Rev Stat § 435.225 Refusal by employee to offer services.
Any employee of the Adult and Family Services Division may refuse to
accept the duty of offering family planning and birth control services to
the extent that such duty is contrary to the personal or religious beliefs
of the employee. However, such employee shall notify the immediate
supervisor in writing of such refusal in order that arrangements may be made
for eligible persons to obtain such information and services from another
employee. Such refusal shall not be grounds for any disciplinary action, for
dismissal, for any interdepartmental transfer, for any other discrimination
in employment, or for suspension from employment, or for any loss in pay or
other benefits. [1967 c.491 s.4; 1971 c.779 s.67]
OR Rev Stat § 435.235 Construction of ORS 435.205 to 435.235.
ORS 435.205 to 435.235 shall be liberally construed to protect the rights
of all individuals to pursue their religious beliefs, to follow the dictates
of their own consciences, to prevent the imposition upon any individual of
practices offensive to the individual's moral standards, to respect the
right of every individual to self-determination in the procreation of
children, and to insure a complete freedom of choice in pursuance of
constitutional rights. [1967 c.491 s.5]
OR Rev Stat § 435.435 Effect of refusal to consent to termination.
The refusal of any person to consent to a termination of pregnancy or to
submit thereto shall not be grounds for loss of any privilege or immunity to
which the person is otherwise entitled nor shall consent to or submission to
a termination of pregnancy be imposed as a condition to the receipt of any
public benefits. [1969 c.684 ss.7,12; 1983 c.470 s.5]
OR Rev Stat § 435.475 Refusal to admit patient for termination.
(1) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, no hospital is
required to admit any patient for the purpose of terminating a pregnancy. No
hospital is liable for its failure or refusal to participate in such
termination if the hospital has adopted a policy not to admit patients for
the purposes of terminating pregnancies. However, the hospital must notify
the person seeking admission to the hospital of its policy.
(2) All hospitals that have not adopted a policy not to admit patients
seeking termination of a pregnancy shall admit patients seeking such
termination in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as imposed
on any other patient seeking admission to the hospital.
(3) No hospital operated by this state or by a political subdivision in
this state is authorized to adopt a policy of excluding or denying admission
to any person seeking termination of a pregnancy. [1969 c.684 s.9; 1983
OR Rev Stat § 435.485 Medical personnel not required to participate in termination.
(1) No physician is required to give advice with respect to or
participate in any termination of a pregnancy if the refusal to do so is
based on an election not to give such advice or to participate in such
terminations and the physician so advises the patient.
(2) No hospital employee or member of the hospital medical staff is
required to participate in any termination of a pregnancy if the employee or
staff member notifies the hospital of the election not to participate in
such terminations. [1969 c.684 ss.10,11; 1983 c.470 s.3]