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West Virginia Legislative Updates

West Virginia's Legislative Session ran from January 12, 2022 to March 12, 2022. Here, you will find both good and bad bills that we are watching closely.

House Bill 4382: Repeal Abortion Restrictions

Bill Text

This bill would repeal many of the current abortion restrictions currently in place, including the mandatory 24-hour delay a ban on prescribing abortion medication via a telehealth visit, and a law that forces providers to give patients medically inaccurate misinformation about medication abortion. A companion bill, Senate Bill 551, was also introduced in the Senate.

Last Action: Sent to House Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/25/22.

 

Bill did not become law.

House Bill 4004: 15-Week Abortion Ban

Bill Text

Throughout pregnancy, people should be able to make personal decisions that are best for their own circumstances and get the care they need, including abortion care, without politicians interfering. If this ban is passed, people could be forced to give birth against their will.

Last Action: Passed House 2/15/22; Sent to Senate.

 

Bill did not become law.

House Bill 4005: Banning Fetal Tissue Sale

Bill Text

It is already illegal to sell fetal tissue. Additionally, medical providers already handle fetal tissue in accordance with state law — just as there are laws that regulate medical tissue for other health care providers. This bill was clearly introduced to spread misinformation and perpetuate abortion stigma.

Last Action: Passed House on 2/15/22; Sent to Senate.

 

Bill did not become law.

Senate Bill 468: Reason Ban

Bill Text

Although much of the debate around this bill focuses on Down syndrome, the legislation applies to a broad range of fetal diagnoses. Even when confronted with a prenatal diagnosis certain to lead to an early, painful death – such as Tay- Sachs disease or anencephaly – parents would be stripped of their ability to choose the least painful outcome for themselves and their families.

Last Action: Signed into law.

 

Archived Legislation

Want to see some of the bills we have faced in the past? Find archived legislative sessions here.