West Virginia already has numerous restrictions, such as a 20-week ban, waiting periods and a law that passed last year removing the ability for adolescent girls to go to court for permission for an abortion, instead of telling their parents, when a doctor says that would be best for them.
“I would just say this opens the floodgates for further restrictions,” said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, executive director of WV Free.
She noted that West Virginia already has strict laws surrounding abortion, but that those could be revisited. WV Free advocates for a full range of reproductive decisions, from access to birth control to abortion.
“The only thing West Virginia women and families will have is the federal constitution,” she said. “We will no longer have the pride of having a constitution that provides more rights and more health and safety than the federal one. This is taking us back in time.”