RAPE, INCEST EXCEPTION AMENDMENT TO ABORTION Bill PASSES IN WEST VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES

July 27, 2022

News Release

CHARLESTON, W.V - An amendment to a proposed abortion bill that would create exceptions for rape and incest has passed in the West Virginia House of Delegates.


In a 46-43 vote, the House passed an amendment sponsored by John Hardy (R-Berkeley) that would allow abortions in the case of rape or incest if the following criteria are met:

  • The patient is a victim of sexual assault or incest

  • A report is made to a qualified law enforcement officer

  • The licensed medical professional determines that the probable gestational age of a fetus has not exceeded 14 weeks

  • The licensed medical professional complies with the provisions of §16-2R-5

The House is now finished with amendments to HB 302. A final debate and a vote will follow shortly. More to follow...