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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Title X providers are committed to quality and equity in reproductive health services. This program, and the people it serves, needs funding to increase access and improve health equity. Fund #TitleX at $737 million. #MakeItRight #FixTitleX

WV FREE is excited to participate in this year's virtual Hill Education Day and to join our fellow @NFPRHA members to advocate for #TitleX

Take our Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Impact Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RJImpactSurveyWVFREE

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