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W. Va. House Rejects Budget Amendment Targeting Medicaid Abortion Coverage

W. Va. House Rejects Budget Amendment Targeting Medicaid Abortion Coverage

April 15, 2013 — West Virginia's House of Delegates on Thursday voted 45-52 to reject a budget amendment that would have barred Medicaid from covering abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Delegates questioned whether the ban would violate a 1993 West Virginia Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state ban on Medicaid coverage of abortions. One Democrat -- Del. Ryan Ferns -- voted with all Republicans in favor of the measure (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/11).