State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Abortion


Woody Thrasher: I am a strong defender of the right to life

On Republican values: "I think the Republican governor needs to represent Republican values," Thrasher said. "I am a strong defender of the right to life and the Second Amendment." Thrasher went on to say that he believes he adheres to the Republican party platform more so than his opponent.
Source: Martinsburg Journal-News on 2020 West Virginia governor race Feb 2, 2020

Jim Justice: Without any question whatsoever, I stand with the unborn

I can tell you that without any question whatsoever, I stand with the unborn.
Source: 2020 West Virginia State of the State address Jan 8, 2020

Richard Ojeda: Wholeheartedly support a woman's right to choose

On abortion: "I wholeheartedly support a woman's right to make her own decisions about her body. Full stop," he said. As president, Ojeda said, he would oppose any 20-week abortion ban or other such restrictions. Ojeda also committed to nominating only judges who were similarly invested in protecting women's rights to make their own reproductive decisions, and vowed to oppose the Hyde Amendment.

"I'm also calling bullshit on the idea that opposing abortion makes you pro-life," he said in a statement. "If you just want to keep working class women from making their own decisions, you might be pro-birth but you're not pro-life. I have always considered myself pro-life because I want to reduce the number of abortions by making birth control accessible, by quadrupling the funding for Planned Parenthood."

Source: The Intercept on 2020 West Virginia Senate race Oct 17, 2019

Ron Stollings: For access to birth control; against age requirements

Health care providers criticized some lawmakers for requiring that only adult women be able to obtain birth control over the counter. Stollings had amended the bill in committee so that adolescent girls could also obtain birth control over the counter. Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson amended the bill on the Senate floor so that it applies only to adult women. Stollings said the bill will allow women to plan their lives better but would have been a better bill without the age requirements.
Source: Herald-Dispatch on 2020 West Virginia Gubernatorial race Mar 9, 2019

Richard Ojeda: Opposing abortion makes you pro-birth, not pro-life

I wholeheartedly support a woman's right to make her own decisions about her body. I'm also calling bull on the idea that opposing abortion makes you pro-life. If you just want to keep working class women from making their own decisions, you might be pro-birth but you're not pro-life. I want to reduce the number of abortions by making birth control accessible, quadrupling funding for Planned Parenthood, and making sure that those who start families have jobs and childcare.
Source: The Intercept on 2020 West Virginia Senate race Nov 21, 2018

Joe Manchin III: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks; prohibit public funding

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Joe Manchin (D): Mostly ban. Lifelong abortion opponent, but recognizes that Americans are divided on this. Voted for bill prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks & opposes any public funding.

Patrick Morrisey (R): Ban. Overturn Roe v Wade, stop "the pro-abortion agenda" in Congress & legislate nationwide restrictions similar to WV's.

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Joe Manchin (D): Yes. Voted for bill to reverse ACA mandate for contraceptive coverage in order to safeguard religious liberty.

Patrick Morrisey (R): Yes. Strong advocate for religious liberty.

Q: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Joe Manchin (D): Yes. No abortion funding, but committed to "helping women get vital health services, like cancer screenings & preventive care."

Patrick Morrisey (R): No. "Has opposed all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood."

Source: 2018 CampusElect Issue Guide on West Virginia Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Patrick Morrisey: Overturn Roe v Wade; stop the pro-abortion agenda

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Joe Manchin (D): Mostly ban. Lifelong abortion opponent, but recognizes that Americans are divided on this. Voted for bill prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks & opposes any public funding.

Patrick Morrisey (R): Ban. Overturn Roe v Wade, stop "the pro-abortion agenda" in Congress & legislate nationwide restrictions similar to WV's.

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Joe Manchin (D): Yes. Voted for bill to reverse ACA mandate for contraceptive coverage in order to safeguard religious liberty.

Patrick Morrisey (R): Yes. Strong advocate for religious liberty.

Q: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Joe Manchin (D): Yes. No abortion funding, but committed to "helping women get vital health services, like cancer screenings & preventive care."

Patrick Morrisey (R): No. "Has opposed all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood."

Source: 2018 CampusElect Issue Guide on West Virginia Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Don Blankenship: AdWatch: Positions himself as anti-abortion and pro-Trump

Blankenship has used the ads to paint his rivals as insufficiently conservative, blasting [GOP primary opponent Evan] Jenkins over his positions on ObamaCare and climate change and [GOP primary opponent Patrick] Morrisey on abortion. He's positioned himself as an unshakable ally of President Donald Trump, who received 68 percent of the vote in the state.
Source: Politico.com AdWatch on 2018 West Virginia Senatorial race Mar 20, 2018

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

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

Michael Folk: All life is precious, even when inconvenient

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?

A: Pro-Life.

Q: Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes, with exemptions to parental requirements only for incest by parent.

Q: Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes, with exemptions to parental requirements only for incest by parent. .

Q: Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?

A: Yes.

Folk adds, "All life is precious, the unanswered questions are clearly not simple questions to be answered by a yes or no answer. Taking a life, no matter how inconvenient the circumstances, is not a simple answer."

Source: West Virginia State 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

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