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Attorney General Morrisey files response in West Virginia abortion law case

By Steven Allen Adams, The Journal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that returned decision on abortion access back to the states, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey argued in a court filing that an attempt to block an old law on West Virginia’s books making providing an abortion a felony is invalid.

The Attorney General’s Office filed a response and memorandum in support Tuesday asking Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Tera Salango to deny a motion for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of State Code 61-2-8, a law that dates back to 1849 and carried over from Virginia’s criminal code to West Virginia in 1863.

That section of the criminal code makes it a felony for any person to cause an abortion. If convicted, a doctor or other person could be sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison. The only exception is for saving the life of the mother or child…

To read more: https://www.journal-news.net/journal-news/attorney-general-morrisey-files-response-in-state-abortion-law-case/article_c5e2c3c2-271f-58c7-92c3-c61ea0d3ff5a.html

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