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W.Va. governor calls on lawmakers to ‘modernize’ abortion law

July 25th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Jim Justice on Monday abruptly added state abortion law to the agenda for a special session of the West Virginia Legislature he called to focus on his plan to reduce the state's income tax. The Republican governor announced last week that he was calling legislators to Charleston on Monday to weigh his plan for a 10% tax reduction. He made no mention of abortion in that announcement, though he has hinted in recent days that it might be the subject of a special session as well. The Senate had already gaveled in for the day and the House was preparing to start work when Justice announced abortion was being added to their agenda.

In his announcement, Justice asked legislators to “clarify and modernize” the state abortion laws in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month ending constitutional protection for abortion.