How Overturning Roe V. Wade affects West Virginia

Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 7:38 PM EDT
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(WVVA) - The United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn 50 years of precedent set by Roe V. Wade now throws abortion rights back to the individual states.

In West Virginia, the abortion statute, WV Code 62-2-8, says women in The Mountain State could face 10 years in prison for terminating a pregnancy.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said the current administration is reviewing and potentially modifying that law in the coming weeks.

The statute opens up the possibility of a birth control ban. Attorney Robert Dunlap said the “Plan B” pill could now be considered an illegal substance.

Just hours after the Supreme Court’s historic decision, The Women’s Health Center of West Virginia which is the state’s only abortion clinic, announced they will no longer be providing the service and immediately canceling all appointments for the next 3 weeks.

Executive Director Katie Quinonez said the decision is devastating for many people across the state.

The West Virginia ACLU said they will pursue every legal option to protect abortion rights in the state.

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