After asking FACT’s president, an attorney, how he handled various legal questions regarding the pro-life Amendment 1 to Tennessee’s Constitution, the Senate sponsor of an identical amendment in West Virginia was able to overcome opposition to that amendment in her state. Now that Senate Joint Resolution 12 has passed both that state’s House and Senate, the issue will be on West Virginia’s November ballot.
Specifically, the voters will vote whether to add the following language to the state’s Constitution: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” If the amendment passes, it would overturn a West Virginia Supreme Court decision requiring the state taxpayers to pay for certain abortions. West Virginia is one of 17 states that funds elective abortions for low-income women through Medicaid.
Said FACT President David Fowler in a recent email to Tennessee Amendment 1 supporters, “Your efforts over the years to make sure that our amendment got on the ballot here in Tennessee and passed provided a light for West Virginia to follow and a hope for saving babies lives in another state. It’s a wonderful testament to how the good you do here can be used for good in other states.”
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