A bill to put tight restrictions on abortions in Oregon drew what likely was the largest crowd at a legislative hearing so far this year.

More than 300 persons attended a hearing last week before the House Health Subcommittee on HB 1991, sponsored by Rep. Grace Peck, D. Portland, and eight other legislators.

Most witnesses at the hearing strongly opposed the easing of abortion laws by the 1969 Legislature and urged passage of the measure to strictly limit the conditions under which abortions may be performed.

The Rev. Otis Hardin, chairman of the Oregon Right to Life Committee, which requested the bill, said abortions “destroy the dignity of human life.”

— May 21, 1971