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West Virginia Senate advances proposed abortion amendment

West Virginia's Senate advances a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would authorize lawmakers to restrict abortion rights. (WCHS/WVAH)

West Virginia's Senate has advanced a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would authorize lawmakers to restrict abortion rights.

The resolution says: "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion."

Approved 25-9 on Friday, it would require two-thirds passage by the House also and a voter referendum to take effect.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 upheld women's constitutional rights to abortion.

West Virginia's Supreme Court in 1993 upheld the right to Medicaid funding for abortions.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Trump said ending that public abortion funding is the real aim.

Sen. Ron Stallings said the state's obstetricians and gynecologists oppose the interference in women and their doctors making the best health care decisions for them.

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