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Policy

Together with legislative champions, we beat back or amend multiple pieces of legislation each session. In keeping with our reproductive justice mission, we also strive to enact positive policies that will improve the health and well-being of West Virginia women and families. WV FREE has led the charge to defeat hundreds of regressive anti-abortion bills and are called on regularly by legislators to help with both positive and regressive legislation, working with national and state partners to provide thorough research on each bill on our legislative agenda.

Since 2002, 5 anti-choice bills have passed and become law: the so-called Woman’s Right to Know Act (a misinformed consent bill), the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (a fetal personhood bill), a change to our parental notification for abortion mandate, a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, and a ban on the safest method of second trimester abortion. Not so long ago, a stunning 77 anti-choice bills were introduced in the West Virginia legislature in just one year. Now, there are fewer such regressive bills but the severity of them and the likelihood of passage has increased dramatically as the political landscape has shifted. 

In 2018, the narrow passage of Amendment One resulted in the loss of Medicaid coverage for abortion in our state. We must now fight harder than ever to protect reproductive rights in WV. Read more about our current legislative priorities below, and join our email list or follow us on social media to stay informed on this crucial issue!

 

 

 

 

 

19 hours ago

WV FREE
Are you enthusiastic about yoga and reproductive rights? Look no further then our friends at The Folded Leaf Yoga & Wellness Center (@thefoldedleaf_wv) hosting a yoga class and donating all of the proceeds to our work at WV FREE 💜.Join Gina Hart-Smith and Nina Casto at The Folded Leaf Yoga and Wellness center on August 13, 2022 from 3-6pm for a very special event!!!! This event is a celebration of divine feminine power and is a fundraiser for WVFree. Explore the practices of Ecstatic Dance, Meditation, Sharing Circle, Sound Healing and the Magic that happens when "we" celebrate "SHE". This event is open to all persons desiring to experience and celebrate the power of Shakti.***Due to limited space in order to Attend this event you will need to register at www.thefoldedleafwellness.com (link in our linktree in bio) under the workshop tab. There you will be able to choose from a range of donations options to reserve your spot.*** Thank you Folded Leaf and to our supporters, we hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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