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Introduced Version House Bill 2217 History

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H. B. 2217


(By Delegate Louisos)
[Introduced February 11, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-42-9 , relating to providing that a woman who obtains an abortion has a cause of action against any physician who, in performing an abortion, causes injury to the woman or to her unborn child; providing that damages may not be limited in spite of the execution of a consent form; and, providing that the cause of action is not subject to a statute of limitations.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated
§33-42-9, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 42. WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE ACT.
§33-42-9. Right of action for injuries.
A woman who obtains an abortion in this State shall maintain the right to a cause of action against any abortion provider, including any clinic, hospital, physician or other health care provider, for bodily injuries sustained by herself or her unborn child in the course of an abortion procedure. This right may not be abated or limited by the execution of any consent, waiver or other document purporting to limit or prohibit a cause of action. A woman's right hereunder is not subject to any time limitation.




NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that a woman who obtains an abortion has a cause of action against any physician who, in performing an abortion, causes injury to the woman or to her unborn child. The bill also provides that damages may not be limited in spite of the execution of a consent form and that the cause of action is not subject to a statute of limitations.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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