Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, passed in 1997, outlaws the partial-birth abortion method in West Virginia, in which the abortionist, using forceps, reaches into the uterus, grabs the unborn baby’s legs and pulls the body into the birth canal, except for the head, which is intentionally kept just inside the womb. The abortionist then punctures the base of baby’s skull, inserts a catheter (tube), which suctions out the brain. The head is then crushed and the dead baby removed from the womb.
Women’s Right to Know Act, passed in 2003, requires the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to provide an informational booklet to educate citizens on fetal development, health risks of abortion and long-term damage to women’s psychological and physical health.
Unborn Victims of Violence Act, passed in 2005, places the requirement in West Virginia law that killing a pregnant woman means two deaths must be prosecuted.
Ultrasound Option Requirement, passed in 2010, requires abortionists in West Virginia to provide the option to their clients of seeing the ultrasound of their baby.
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed in 2015, outlaws abortions in West Virginia after 20 weeks when medical science confirms the unborn child can feel pain.
Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, passed in 2016, outlaws the performance of abortions in West Virginia that dismember the living, unborn child in the womb.
Parent’s Right to Know, passed in 2017, amended West Virginia law to require that at least one parent be notified when their unemancipated minor daughter contracts for an abortion.
Telemedicine Exemption for Abortion, passed in 2017, outlaws use of West Virginia Telemedicine method to prescribe abortion drugs, such as RU-486.
Amendment 1 passed in the 2018 election and is now part of the West Virginia Constitution. It states: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”