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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Right now we need a leader who doesn’t sit on the sidelines. @XavierBecerra doesn’t. During this crisis, he’s taken strong and bipartisan action to help keep families and workers safe.

Community Catalyst is proud to join over 40 state advocates in letters to members of Congress asking for their support in confirming @AGBecerra as the new secretary of @HHSGov. >> https://bit.ly/3brpX6p, https://bit.ly/3kakvZF

🚨 ALERT: The Senate is considering SB 341, and we need help to KEEP IT OFF THE AGENDA. It would allow anyone to demand "proof" your child athlete isn't trans — which means invasive genital exams of young girls.

Click here to email EVERY Senator: http://fairnesswv.org/sb341/

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HHS Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra has spent his career fighting to expand access to health care and protect underserved communities — taking on powerful special interests over decades to help working families. ...
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