State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Abortion


Patrick Morrisey: Overturn Roe v. Wade

One hundred percent pro-life, Morrisey's advocacy helped lead to passage of the Pain-Capable law in West Virginia. Morrisey believes that government has a duty to protect innocent life and supports overturning Roe v. Wade. He opposes taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, and has pushed the state legislature and Congress to end funding to this organization.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senatorial website PatrickMorrisey.com Oct 1, 2017

Paula Jean Swearengin: Pro-choice, including abortion alternatives

Q: Do you think that being pro-choice is a non-starter in a state like West Virginia?

A: We need to think outside the box on abortion. If they banned abortions tomorrow, there are still people who are going to have abortions. You cannot be pro-life if you don't think about people after birth too, and about sick people. If you build up the workforce, you give women access to health care so they can have adequate birth control. You can give them better, livable wages so they don't have to worry about bringing a child into this world and not being able to take care of them.

Source: The New Republic on 2018 West Virginia Senate race May 19, 2017

Jim Justice: The Supreme Court ruled on abortion, and the law is the law

Asked if he considered himself pro-choice or anti-abortion and what he would have done with the abortion restriction bills that Gov. Tomblin vetoed, Justice did not respond. "I am not in favor of abortion, however the Supreme Court ruled on this, and the law is the law," he said in an emailed statement. He did not respond to follow-up queries seeking clarification or even which Supreme Court case he was referencing.
Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail on 2016 West Virginia governor race Aug 28, 2016

Jeff Kessler: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks

Kessler is strongly pro-life and he supported the bill that passed this session prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.
Source: W.V. MetroNews on 2016 West Virginia gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2015

Bill Cole: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain

Excerpts from HB 4588 legislative records:

Status:Bill passed Senate, 29-5-0; passed House 83-15-2; vetoed by Governor. (Bill Cole voted YEA).

Source: West Virginia legislature voting records: HB 4588 Mar 28, 2015

Earl Ray Tomblin: Vetoed ban on abortion after 20 weeks

Excerpts from HB 4588 legislative records:

Status:Bill passed Senate, 29-5-0; passed House 83-15-2; vetoed by Governor. (Jeff Kessler voted YEA).

Source: West Virginia legislature voting records: HB 4588 Mar 28, 2015

Jeff Kessler: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain

Excerpts from HB 4588 legislative records:

Status:Bill passed Senate, 29-5-0; passed House 83-15-2; vetoed by Governor. (Jeff Kessler voted YEA).

Source: West Virginia legislature voting records: HB 4588 Mar 28, 2015

John Buckley: Pro-life Libertarian, because life begins at conception

I'm a pro-life Libertarian. Let me explain.

As a Libertarian, I believe that the role of government is to protect our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that government is not the grantor of our rights, but rather is to be the protector of rights and liberties with which we are endowed by our Creator.

Thus, where our actions infringe on the rights of another person, government has a proper role to mediate the dispute and to protect the oppressed.

Consistent with the above principles, I believe the issue of abortion turns on one fundamental inquiry: when does human life begin? I find that the answer to this question has been established beyond reasonable dispute. Basic biology demonstrates that an individual human being is created at the moment of conception. Therefore, the act of abortion is the taking of the life of another human being.

Source: 2014 West Virginia Senate campaign website JohnBuckley.org Aug 31, 2014

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2016 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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