H. B. 2216
(By Delegate Walters)
[Introduced January 11, 2012
; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §16-2B-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to prohibiting family planning centers in West Virginia that receive state funding from discussing abortion or abortion referrals.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §16-2B-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2B. FAMILY PLANNING AND CHILD SPACING.
§16-2B-2. Local boards of health authorized to establish clinics; supervision; purposes; abortion not approved; approval by state board of programs.
A local board of health, created and maintained pursuant to the provisions of article two or article two-a of this chapter, is authorized to establish and operate within its jurisdiction, one or more family planning and child spacing clinics under the supervision of a licensed physician for the purpose of disseminating information, conducting medical examinations and distributing family planning and child spacing appliances, devices, drugs, approved methods and medication without charge to indigent and medically indigent persons on request and with the approval of said licensed physician. Such The information, appliances, devices, drugs, approved methods and medication shall may be dispensed only in accordance with the recipients' expressed wishes and beliefs and in accordance with all state and federal laws for the dispensing of legend drugs: Provided, That the procedure of abortion shall not be considered is not an approved method of family planning and child spacing within the intent of this section and is expressly excluded from the programs herein authorized in this section. In addition, no employee or representative of any family planning center in this state that receives state funding may discuss the prospect of abortion with any person seeking family planning services. Nor may they make a referral to any person seeking family planning services for an abortion. This section does not endorse, allow, permit or approve of any abortion. All local boards of health receiving state or federal funds for family planning or child spacing programs shall first receive approval by the state Board of Health Department of Health and Human Resources of their general plan of operation of such the programs.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit family planning centers in West Virginia that receive state funding from discussing abortion or abortion referrals.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.