West Virginia Right to Know Law is Being Delayed

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 5, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

West Virginia Right to Know Law is Being Delayed

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 5, 2003

Charleston, WV (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group in West Virginia is concerned that the implementation of a new pro-life law is being delayed.

The Right to Know law requires abortion practitioners to make information available to women considering abortions that tells them about abortion’s risks and alternatives. Similar laws have proven successful in significantly reducing the number of abortions.

The Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health for West Virginia and has been given the task of implementing the law. According to West Virginians for Life, the agency’s director, Pat Moss, recently informed them there is a disagreement about the interpretation of the law.

The Assistant Attorney general assigned to the department just rejected the first proposal of materials, Karen Cross, the director of the pro-life group tells LifeNews.com. Moss is drafting materials that can be used in the interim.

Cross is concerned that with the state government dragging its feet, many women will have abortions who otherwise would have decided against it.

"It’s so sad that women and girls may have abortions and end up living with a lifetime of regret because they didn’t have access to information that may have caused them to change their minds," Cross explained.

Abortion facilities say they have received nothing so far from the state.

"They haven’t supplied us with anything," said Robin Miles, office manager of Kanawha Surgicenter abortion business in Charleston.

The bill, which became law without pro-abortion Gov. Bob Wise’s signature, requires abortion facilities to provide the information to women considering abortions at least 24 hours in advance. The information also includes fetal development information and telling women that their partner is obligated to pay child support if the baby is born.

Abortion practitioners who fail to comply with the law will receive a warning. Following the second noncompliance, they can lose their medical licenses.

In 2001, there were 2,366 abortions performed in the state.

Related web sites:

West Virginians for Life – https://www.wvforlife.org