WV Free working to defeat a ban on 20-week abortions in West Virginia

February 21st, 2014

Categories: Funds, unfair laws, WV FREE

"Women want to have healthy pregnancies. They want to have healthy children. But sometimes pregnancies go wrong." -- Margaret Chapman Pomponio, Executive Director of WV Free, interviewed in the West Virginia Metro News

West Virginia is just the latest state to attempt a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, but WV Free is not going to see that happen without a fight. Bans on later abortion hurt the most vulnerable: those who lack the resources to travel across state lines for a later abortion. Furthermore, a woman who is denied access to an abortion she needs is three times more likely to live in poverty two years later. To learn more about the fast-track legislation and how to stop it, take action here.

UPDATE: On February 25, 2014, the West Virginia House passed the ban on abortions after 20 weeks by a vote of 79-17. As WV Free's Margaret Chapman Pomponio said, "Every pregnancy is different and we cannot presume to know all the circumstances surrounding a personal, medical decision to have an abortion. It is a sad day in West Virginia when our political leaders are playing doctor."