Submitting letters to newspapers can be a great way to inform voters who may not know their tax dollars are funding abortions. Below are tips and messaging points to help you communicate effectively.


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First, know your audience

Who reads the newspaper you are submitting a letter to? Where do they live? What are their political leanings? Write your letter to be relevant to them.  

If it's a faith-based publication (such as Christian News Northwest or the Catholic Sentinel) tailor the message accordingly. Or, if it’s a paper that's distributed widely and read by a politically diverse audience (such as the Oregonian or Statesman Journal), focus on issues that will appeal to as many different types of voters as possible.


Choose a theme for your letter

Most newspapers have strict limits on the number of words your letter may contain. So keep it short and keep it focused. Here are six potential themes. 

1. Focus on the numbers, including the following data from the Oregon Health Authority (view source):

  • $24.4 million in taxpayer money was spent on more than 57,000 abortions in the past 16 years

  • $1.9 million in taxpayer money was spent on more than 3,500 abortions last year

  • Oregon taxpayers fund ten abortions every day

2. Focus on the fact that abortion hurts women, both emotionally and physically: 

  • Many women who have had abortions regret their decision for the rest of their lives

  • Many women are pressured into having “free” abortions by a boyfriend, husband, or even a parent

  • Many women suffer post-abortion stress and trauma they alone carry for decades

3.  Focus on the fact that Oregon has no restrictions on abortion whatsoever:

  • Oregon is the only state in the country without any restrictions on abortion, despite overwhelming public support for at least some limits

  • Abortion is legal in Oregon for any reason — even late-term abortion when the baby is perfectly healthy, or sex-selection abortion to choose a boy over a girl

  • The Oregon Health Plan covers unlimited free abortions for any reason — even when used as a substitute for birth control

4. Focus on Oregon House Bill 3391, one of the most far-reaching abortion laws ever created:

  • Oregon House Bill 3391, signed into law in 2017, was a multi-million dollar bill that significantly increased taxpayer funding for abortion

  • HB 3391 allows for free, taxpayer-funded abortions for anyone — including undocumented residents

  • State lawmakers even declared HB 3391 to be an emergency, preventing it from being referred to the public for a vote

5. Focus on the extreme and misguided spending priorities by state lawmakers:

  • Oregon’s policy of free abortion for anyone who wants one is the most extreme in the nation

  • Oregon priorities should be on schools, veterans, and solving the opioid crisis — not on “free” money for abortion on demand

6. Focus on what Measure 106 does and does not do:

  • Measure 106 doesn’t stop anyone from choosing abortion. People will still be able to have an abortion for any reason they wish — just not paid for with our tax dollars.

  • Measure 106 allows all Oregonians to stay true to their values by not forcing someone else to pay for another person’s private choices.

  • Measure 106 allows for funding abortions when needed to protect the mother. This is a crucial distinction – abortions that are medically necessary will still be covered by state-funded healthcare, while those that are simply an elective procedure will no longer be.


How to submit your letter

The Oregonian

The Mail Tribune (Medford)

  • 150 words max.

  • Email your letter to: letters@rosebudmedia.com

  • Include your full name, address, and daytime telephone number

  • More instructions here

The Bulletin (Bend)

  • 250 words max.

  • Email your letter to: letters@bendbulletin.com

  • Include your full name, address, and daytime telephone number

  • More instructions here

The Register-Guard (Eugene)

Statesman Journal (Salem)

Gazette-Times (Corvallis)

Democrat-Herald (Albany)

  • 250 words max.

  • Email your letter to: news@democratherald.com

  • Include your full name, address, and daytime telephone number

  • More instructions here

North coast newspapers

  • Includes the Daily Astorian, Cannon Beach Gazette, and Seaside Signal

  • 250 words max.

  • Submit your letter online here

  • Read an example letter written by the opposition (Sept. 27)

Pamplin Media publications

  • A dozen+ papers including The Portland Tribune, The Beaverton Valley Times and The Clackamas Review

  • 200 words max.

  • Submit your letter online here

Catholic Sentinel

  • 150 words max.

  • Submit your letter online here

Christian News Northwest

  • Submit your letter online here

 


Do it today!

Remember, your voice matters. Take time today to write a letter to your local newspaper editor to encourage readers to vote YES on Measure 106.