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Controversial reproductive health bill awaits Governor Brown's signature

House Bill 3391 would require insurance companies to cover reproductive services, including abortions, for free. Photo by Audrey Weil.

SALEM, Ore. -- A controversial reproductive health bill is now awaiting Governor Kate Brown's signature.

House Bill 3391 passed both the Oregon House and Senate.

It would require insurance companies to cover reproductive services, including abortions, for free, to those who aren't already covered.

Then the Oregon Health Authority would reimburse the cost.

It's a $10 million bill that's sparked contentious debate.

"It's a good investment for the state to ensure that people are able to manage their reproductive and sexual health and choose if and when to become parents," Kellie Devore at Planned Parenthood said.

"This bill is going to be used specifically to fund late term abortions because those are thousands and thousands of dollars to perform and that should horrify anyone," Liberty Pike, with Oregon Right to Life, said.

The bill does offer religious exemptions for employers.

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