On February 8, 2017, the first day of the WV Legislative Session, 5 bills detrimental to a woman’s health were introduced. WV FREE will keep you updated on these and additional bills of concern throughout session. Remember: This is a time when our lawmakers should be taking action to fix our budget crisis and should be focusing on jobs, education and opportunity for West Virginia.

Senate Bills:

SB19: Creating WV Freedom of Conscience Protection Act – This bill is a similar to a type of Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was introduced, fought and rejected during the 2016 Legislative Session. It’s dangerous because it aims to allow discriminatory actions against minority groups.

Lead Sponsor: Karnes
Other Sponsors: N/A
Committee to Watch: Senate Judiciary

SB20: Limiting Insurance Coverage for Elective Abortions – The purpose of this bill is to limit health insurance coverage for elective abortions to coverage provided through supplemental policies.

Lead Sponsor: Karnes
Other Sponsors: Boso
Committee to Watch: Senate Banking & Insurance

SB21: Relating to Care of Aborted Fetuses – This bill requires medical facilities that provide abortions to administer anesthesia to an unborn fetus when aborted if it is older than seven weeks. It also provides that when, during the course of an abortion procedures, a fetus is aborted alive, all available medical means must be used to preserve its life. *This bill provides criminal penalties for violations*

Lead Sponsor: Karnes
Other Sponsors: Boso, Rucker
Committee to Watch: Senate Health and Human Resources

SB31: Prohibiting Abortion Coverage in Qualified Health Plans – This Bill aims to prohibit coverage in qualified health care plans on or after January 1, 2018, with the exception for coverage when a mother’s life is in danger.

Lead Sponsor: Karnes
Other Sponsors: Rucker
Committee to Watch: Senate Health and Human Resources

 

House BillsĀ 

HB2053: Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions to Obtain Parental Notification or Consent in Writing – This bill would require facilities providing abortions to obtain parental notification or consent in writing by the parent or by a notarized signature of the parent; and providing a fine on the first offense of ten times the amount of the abortion and upon a subsequent offense closure of the facility for thirty days.

Lead Sponsor: Rodighiero
Other Sponsors: N/A
Committee to Watch: House Health and Human Resources

HB2082: Prohibiting State Funding of Abortions – The purpose of this bill is simple. It’ prohibits state funding of abortion. West Virginia is currently one of only 15 states in the US that still provides this service to women and only has one remaining clinic providing abortions in the state.

Lead Sponsor: Rodighiero
Other Sponsors: N/A
Committee to Watch: House Health and Human Resources

 

 

You can watch for bills on the West Virginia Legislature Website by using the number of the bill here.

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