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Monday, March 05, 2018

Proud of WV on abortion

Elections have consequences. Less than four years ago, West Virginians finally turned the Legislature over to Republicans after 82 years of Democratic control, which saw the state slip from 38th in per capita income to 49th.

Today, lawmakers approved a bill to allow West Virginians to decide if abortion is a right.

Given that the three rights named in the Declaration of Independence are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the right to life has pre-eminence.

The ballot referendum is simply an amendment to the state constitution, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion."

West Virginia has a low abortion rate of 6 per 1,000 women (15-44) per year. The states that are lowest in the nation at 4 per 1,000 are Kentucky, Mississippi, and South Dakota.

The highest in the nation is New York at 24, but the list by Kaiser Family Foundation does not include California.

"The amendment would make it easier for the state to pass pro-life laws, including a restriction on taxpayer funding for abortions. West Virginia is one of 17 states that funds elective abortions for low-income women through Medicaid," Life Site News reported.

An attempt by Republican Delegate Kayla Kessinger to ban Medicaid funding of abortion fell afoul of Republican House leaders who used parliamentary rules to keep it from receiving an up-or-down vote, WV News reported.

Dr. Wanda Franz, president of West Virginians for Life, said, "If this amendment is ratified by the voters in November, women will still have access to abortion under the Federal Constitution. The Supreme Court in 1973 ruled that the Federal Constitution contains the right to abortion. States cannot over-ride that ruling with their own Constitutional Amendments."

But someday Roe v. Wade will be overturned, and West Virginians will be prepared to save the lives of babies.


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  1. Good luck with that Amendment! We tried one in California about gay marriage and had it immediately overturned by 9 unelected judges.

    1. You're harshin my mellow, dude. Was it the 9th Circuit? Their shit don't play out here in Almost Heaven.

    2. Those are the kind of judicial decisions that have made it hell on earth in large parts of California. -- BJ54

    3. As I recall, in that cast it was ONE unelected judge who then promptly retired and came out of the closet.


  2. Nice to see Mississippi leading the country in something. Come join us WV.

  3. Women might still have the right to have an elective abortion under the Federal Constitution, but I imagine WV could still place very strict, properly tailored regulations on the providers of abortion, in the same manner some local jurisdictions place restrictions on the sale and ownership of guns, which has the effect of narrowing the scope of the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

  4. Abortion will get shut down when we stop immigration. The moneyed interests will have an interest in seeing an increase in live births when their sources of cheap labor are cut off.

    The Catholics who want open borders are causing more damage to their own cause than they could possibly realize.

    1. There seem to be a lot of Catholics who are "Catholics" in name only.

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    1. Don, you are the right's happy warrior! -- BJ54