West Virginia abortion amendment stirs controversy

West Virginia

In Charleston, the “Vote No on 1 Coalition” was busy phone banking and emailing voters. In Clarksburg Susan B. Anthony list was holding a vote “yes” on Amendment 1 rally. Here’s what the amendment says. “To amend the West Virginia Constitution to clarify that nothing in the Constitution of West Virginia, secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” The sides are sharply divided.

“What we’ve found is that the people of West Virginia are strongly opposed to having their taxpayer dollars fund abortion. And so we’re supporting West Virginia’s Amendment 1,” said Mallory Quigley, Susan B. Anthony List.

“And as you can hear in that language, there’s simply no protections in this amendment for a victim of rape, a victim of incest, or if a pregnant woman’s health or life is at risk,” said Julie Warden, Vote No on 1 Coalition.

Both sides are working hard on their get out the vote campaigns because it’s a crowded ballot with a lot of races and issues.

“We’ve been going door-to-door across the state for months, now. We’ve talked to about 50,000 pro-life voters. We’ve got a team of 75 people,” said Mallory Quigley, Susan B. Anthony List.

“We are really excited about this because our on-the-ground game has been excellent throughout this entire process. We have had volunteers all over the state of West Virginia,” said Julie Warden, Vote No on 1 Coalition.

Amendment 1 is near the bottom of page two on the ballot.

Over the years other states have passed various abortion amendments and almost always it winds up in the federal court system, So, if Amendment 1 passes in West Virginia, don’t be surprised if it winds up at the U.S. District Courthouse in Downtown Charleston.

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