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Lawmakers meet threshold to put anti-abortion amendment on ballot in general election

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) Do West Virginians have the right to an abortion? That question will be posed to voters in the general election after a vote Monday morning in the House of Delegates. 

Specifically, the amendment West Virginians will be voting on reads “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

Anti-abortion advocates have said the resolution will help them end Medicaid-funded abortions in the state. In West Virginia, a single woman meeting certain income requirements is eligible for a medicaid-funded abortion if it is based on medical necessity. 

Del. Marty Gearheart was one of the 73 lawmakers who voted in favor of the legislation on Monday. 

"I'm all for us having direct democracy on this issue and giving people the right to vote on it. It will be on the ballot. Obviously, I'm a long-time pro-life supporter and I'll be voting in favor of it in November."

In order to be placed on the ballot for voters in the general election, the measure had to first secure a two-thirds majority of lawmakers in both the House and Senate. House lawmakers met that requirement on Monday with a final vote tally of 72-25. 

See how the vote broke down: 

/www.wvlegislature.gov/legisdocs/2018/RS/votes/house/00309.pdf

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