By ERIN BECK
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians would vote in November on an amendment to the state constitution that says nothing in the constitution “secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion,” if a resolution approved by state lawmakers in one committee Monday continues to progress.
Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson and the lead sponsor, said the the bill would undo a 1993 state Supreme Court decision on Medicaid-funded abortions. That year, the state Supreme Court overturned a state law banning Medicaid funding of abortion, finding that the law violated poor women’s constitutional rights.
Another bill sponsor, Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, said the amendment would mean the Medicaid-funded abortion bill would stand up in court. That bill passed the House of Delegates health committee last month and was the subject of a public hearing Monday morning.
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