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WV FREE Forward

Deciding whether and when to become a parent is one of the most important life decisions we make. All West Virginians need the freedom to make our own decisions about abortion care, with our healthcare providers, our family, and our faith – and without interference from politicians. 

A majority of West Virginians agree: We should all have access to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including abortion. 

The legislature should focus on expanding access to health care, not stigmatizing abortion care. We’re asking policymakers to pass legislation that would provide health coverage 12 months postpartum by supporting House Bill 4416

Key findings were found from a recent telephone survey among 903 registered voters in West Virginia. Access to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is deemed important by a significant majority of West Virginia voters.

By more than two to one (66%), WV voters agree that it is important for all West Virginians to be able to get the full range or reproductive healthcare, including abortion.

Even after the very narrow passage of Amendment One, a  majority of West Virginia voters agree with the 1993 Supreme Court decision that protects a woman’s right to abortion.

55% of voters agree with the Supreme Court Decision to affirm that the state constitution safeguards a woman’s health by requiring healthcare coverage of maternity care and abortion; only 33% of WV voters reported that they disagree with the decision. Voters of all ages and education levels are more likely to agree than disagree with the 1993 decision, although Millennials (70%) and women under age 50 (69%) agree at the highest rates.

West Virginians want abortion to remain legal and believe access to abortion is moving in the wrong direction in the United States.

A solid majority (61%) of WV voters supports a woman’s right to abortion or believes the government should not prevent a woman from making that decision for herself.

At a time when access to abortion is under attack, we need to stand stronger than ever. Our communities need good jobs, quality education, and healthy families to thrive – not politicians taking away our healthcare. 

There are currently multiple regressive abortion bills bouncing around at the capitol. This is out of step with what West Virginians want. At WV FREE we work everyday to ensure that every West Virginian can get the healthcare they need – including abortion care – without politicians controlling when, where, and why. 

Click here to get involved with WV FREE and get connected to opportunities : volunteer, attend an event, organize. 

Together, we can protect abortion access and move West Virginia forward.

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