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Introduced Version House Bill 3299 History

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H. B. 3299


(By Delegates Brown, Hrutkay, Webster and Hatfield)
[Introduced March 25, 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 requiring faith-based, abstinence only and antichoice facilities that counsel women regarding pregnancy, contraceptives, abortions or childbirth to warn women of the risks inherent to each option; and providing for misdemeanor penalties for failure to provide the information.

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. Requiring certain facilities to provide warnings of risks inherent to pregnancies, abortions and contraceptives; penalties.

(a) When any faith-based, abstinence-only or antichoice facility provides information to any girl or woman regarding contraceptives, pregnancy, adoption, abortions, childbirth or child rearing, the facility shall certify, in writing that it has provided the girl or woman information regarding the health, emotional, psychological and economic risks inherent to each procedure of choice.
(b) Any facility or person violating the requirements of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars.
(c) Nothing in this section may be construed or interpreted to condone, permit, allow or endorse any form of coercion for a girl or woman regarding any means of contraception, abortion, childbirth or child care.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require faith-based, abstinence-only and antichoice facilities to warn girls and women about the risks inherent in the various choices of contraception, abortions and pregnancy. A criminal penalty is provided for violations.

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