(National Sentinel) Choose Life: Voters in West Virginia approved a measure amending the state’s constitution to say that abortion is not a protected “right.”
Amendment 1 was passed with 52 percent of the vote, overturning a 1993 court ruling permitting taxpayer-funded abortions.
The ballot measure states specifically that the West Virginia constitution does not include or recognize the right to kill an unborn baby in the womb.
The measure will very likely open the door to restrictions on abortion in the state and even an eventual prohibition of the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade at some point.
“West Virginians value life and reject abortion on demand,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “Over the years, West Virginia taxpayers have been forced to fund the destruction of more than 35,000 innocent unborn children—including late-term abortions—at a cost of nearly $10 million. This outrageous abuse ends now.”
“The passage of Amendment 1 is a victory for the Mountain State and we hope other states will follow their lead,” Dannenfelser said in an email to the Washington Free Beacon.
No doubt the amendment will be challenged in court, which could very well set up an eventual Supreme Court challenge.
When the high court issued Roe v. Wade in 1973, every state in the country had bans or severe restrictions on abortion. While the court ruled that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause could somehow be construed as allowing women to kill their unborn children, others have said that, per the 10th Amendment, states should have retained the ability to make their own laws regarding the procedure.
If more states follow West Virginia’s lead, then an eventual Supreme Court challenge is virtually guaranteed.
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