The following is a statement from Oregon Right to Life PAC on the 2016 General Election results:
Last night, pro-life Oregonians achieved successes and gained ground:
- Pro-life candidate Dennis Richardson was elected Secretary of State, defeating extreme pro-abortion candidate Brad Avakian. Avakian had received tens of thousands of dollars in support from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. He supports abortion up until the moment of birth.
- All pro-life seats in the State Legislature were retained. Five open seats were retained by pro-life candidates, some fighting off well funded attacks by pro-abortion candidates or groups. Rep. Mike Nearman resisted a heavy attack by pro-abortion groups and kept his seat in HD 23.
- The following new pro-life legislators will serve starting in 2017: Dennis Linthicum (SD 28), David Brock Smith (HD 1), Ron Noble (HD 24), Rich Vial (HD 26), and Werner Reschke (HD 56).