Senate Proposes Amendment to Stop State-Funded Abortions; Romano, Facemire Vote No

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | February 11, 2018
Information from The Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Earlier this legislative session, West Virginia lawmakers began working to pass a bill they hoped would undo a 1993 state Supreme Court decision and allow them to ban nearly all Medicaid-funded abortions in the state. Later, they introduced a resolution meant to make sure the bill wasn’t ruled unconstitutional.
The second bill involves changing the West Virginia constitution, and several advocacy groups in West Virginia said they are worried about the repercussions.
The State Senate voted 25-9 in favor of putting the matter before the voters in the form of a constitutional amendment and referedum.  Democrat Senators Mike Romano and Doug Facemire were two of the nine senators who voted against allowing the voters decide on public funding of all abortions.
The following is a list of frequently asked questions and answers about what’s going on with these bills at the Legislature.
CLICK HERE to read a comprehensive Q&A by Erin Beck on the proposed Amendment.
Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, declares Senate Joint Resolution 12, aimed at amending the West Virginia Constitution to explicitly not protect abortion, passed after a 25-9 vote in the state Senate. Opponents warn the resolution could be used to deter arguments against future abortion restrictions.  Photo by Kenny Kemp.

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