CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A special session of the West Virginia Legislature will be called “very, very soon” to deal with the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Gov. Jim Justice said last week he has the legal opinion of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on the issue and is now ready to move forward.
Justice said he talked with Morrisey about the enforcement of the abortion laws already on the books in the state that date back to the 1880s and the state needs to move “faster and we need to move further” on clarifying those laws, which include felony charges and penalties (three to 10 years in jail) for abortion providers and possibly even mothers.
“The Legislature needs to amend this law to get it absolutely clarified in every way,” he said, adding that a special session will be called “very, very soon,” after he discusses the timing with Senate and House leadership…