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Introduced Version House Bill 3297 History

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H. B. 3297


(By Delegates Brown, Hrutkay, Webster and Hatfield)
[Introduced March 25, 2005; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-2I-11, relating to making it a misdemeanor to fail to provide a woman with information regarding all available reproductive alternatives; and providing criminal penalties for violations.

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 §16-2I-11, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2I. WOMEN'S RIGHT TO KNOW ACT.
§16-2I-11. Failure to provide information regarding reproductive alternatives; penalty.

(a) Any faith-based, abstinence-only or antichoice facility that offers counseling or information to girls or women regarding reproductive matters, including, but not limited to, contraception, abortion, adoption, pregnancy or childbirth, shall provide information regarding all available reproductive methods.
(b) Any facility that fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars and upon conviction of a second offense, the facility shall be permanently closed.
(c) Nothing in this section may be construed or interpreted to condone, permit, allow or endorse any form of coercion of a girl or woman regarding any means of contraception, abortion, childbirth or childcare.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make it a misdemeanor to fail to provide women with all available reproductive alternatives and to provide criminal penalties for violations.

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