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Implications of West Virginia abortion amendment go beyond funding, opponents say

By LORI KERSEY

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A state constitutional amendment that would prohibit Medicaid from funding abortions could also have further-reaching effects on abortion rights in West Virginia, says both a legal expert and opponents.

Amendment 1, up for a vote in the general election, would add a line to the West Virginia Constitution that says “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

The amendment would undo a 1993 state Supreme Court decision that said low-income women had the right to an abortion with Medicaid funding.

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