SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 13
(By Senators Smith and Weeks)
[Introduced February 17, 2003; referred to the Committee on the
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West
Virginia, amending article VI thereof by adding thereto a new
section, designated section fifty-seven, relating to
clarifying that the Constitution does not require the state to
pay for any abortion; numbering and designating such proposed
amendment; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose
of such proposed amendment.
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, two thirds of
the members elected to each house agreeing thereto:
That the question of ratification or rejection of an amendment
to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia be submitted to
the voters of the state at the next general election to be held in
the year two thousand four, which proposed amendment is that
article VI thereof be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section fifty-seven, to read as follows:
ARTICLE VI. THE LEGISLATURE.
§57. State not required to pay for abortions under this
The provisions of this Constitution do not require the State
to pay for an abortion.
Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of
article eleven, chapter three of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, such proposed
amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment No. 1" and designated as
the "Amendment clarifying that the Constitution does not require
this State to pay for any abortion" and the purpose of the proposed
amendment is summarized as follows: "Constitution does not require
the State to pay for an abortion."
NOTE: The purpose of this resolution is to amend the State
Constitution to clarify that the Constitution does not require the
State to pay for an abortion.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.