By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While 81 percent of West Virginians personally oppose abortion, two-thirds of state residents believe the Legislature should not pursue legislation to ban Medicaid-funded abortions, according to a Hart Research poll released Wednesday.
The poll of 600 likely West Virginia voters, selected to match the current political climate — 45 percent Republican, 33 percent Democratic, 22 percent independent — found that West Virginians consistently oppose legislative interference with the state Medicaid program, which provides health care for the poor, elderly and disabled.
The release of the poll, sponsored by a coalition of organizations forming the “Health Not Politics” campaign, comes on the eve of a House Health and Human Resources Committee meeting set for Thursday, whose agenda includes a bill to essentially prohibit Medicaid funding for abortions (HB 4012).
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