What would the initiative do?
The West Virginia Legislature has launched an unprecedented attack on women’s rights by putting on the ballot in November Amendment 1, which bans the right to abortion in our state constitution while simultaneously opening the door to take away Medicaid funding for abortion for poor people.
The language passed by the legislature says: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”
This amendment sets us up for restrictive policy after restrictive policy, year after year. Not to mention the fact that if Roe v Wade is overturned federally, draconian language in our own state code would totally criminalize all abortion. This means anyone involved in an abortion would be subject to jail time. Think of it – that means doctors; nurses; a woman attempting to self-abort; a husband driving a wife or a mother transporting a daughter – access to safe healthcare would literally be criminalized in our state.