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Republicans have made opposition to Roe v. Wade a campaign plank for decades; many celebrate Friday's ruling.

PMG FILE PHOTO - GOP candidate for governor, Christine Drazan, on Friday called Oregon's reproductive rights laws "outside the mainstream" and if elected, would veto bills to strengthen them. The issue of abortion rights has been a sort of litmus test between Republicans and Democrats, and the two sides quickly reacted along party lines after Friday's Supreme Court decision to overturn five decades of precedence and Roe v. Wade.

Abortion rights in Oregon are codified into law — as they are in Washington and California. The Republican candidate for governor in November's general election, former State Rep, Christine Drazan, did not say she would work to overturn Oregon's protections. But, if elected, she said she would veto "legislation designed to push Oregon further outside the mainstream."

The Republican candidate for Oregon's Congressional District 5 released a statement Friday morning praised the ruling. "The Supreme Court is allowing the states to legislate on this critically important issue, where it should have been in the first place," Lori Chavez-DeRemer said. "As a mom of twin daughters, I deeply value life; here in Oregon, we have some of the most extreme abortion laws in the country with no restrictions whatsoever."

Oregon's only GOP member of Congress, Rep. Cliff Bentz of Oregon's 2nd District, tweeted about the ruling, calling it a "momentous decision" and adding, "Every human life is sacred."

"I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to return this issue back to the states," said Oregon House Republican Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson, R-Prineville. "Oregon continues to have some of the most extreme abortion laws in the country."

KOIN 6 news is a partner of the Pamplin Media Group and contributed to this article.


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