Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. The ruling overturns Roe v. Wade and effectively removes the federal government from the abortion debate turning it back over to the individual states where it belongs. West Virginia already has statutes that protect the unborn. These statutes that represent the will of the majority of West Virginians will now be able to return to their full effect and original intent.
Words cannot adequately express how grateful I am that our national nightmare — caused by Roe v Wade — is finally over. Every human life is sacred and is created in the image of God. I pray that going forward we can begin to heal from the damage that abortion on demand has caused – the innocent lives lost and the terrible consequences that this has had on our society.
The statement released on behalf of West Virginia State Senate President Craig Blair and Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw:
“We applaud the US Supreme Court’s decision today to affirm that every human life is precious. We stand strong with the majority of West Virginians who have shown us and told us they believe unborn children are entitled to the same rights as everyone, and we are ready to expeditiously take any necessary steps to ensure we continue to save and protect as many innocent lives as possible in West Virginia.
Our legislative attorneys have been preparing for this decision for weeks. Abortion is addressed in numerous statutes in West Virginia Code. and now our attonreys will need to further review those statutes to determine how they apply in light of this decision. We will work with the executive branch to address any needs relating to our state’s abortions laws that may arise from today’s opinion”. .