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West Virginia’s only abortion clinic stops performing abortions – NBC4 Washington

West Virginia’s only abortion clinic hasn’t performed abortions since Friday.

Katie Quinonez, executive director of the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, said Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows states to ban abortion has an immediate and hard-felt impact.

The state has an abortion ban law on the books that makes abortion a felony punishable by three to 10 years in prison. It is unclear how the state will carry out the execution.

“Roe was never enough, but in states like West Virginia, it was the only thing protecting access to abortion,” Quinonez said.

“We won’t stop fighting for every West Virginia’s abortion rights,” the Charleston center said in a social media post.

They will remain open for services such as contraception, cancer screening and pregnancy support, they said.

Quinonez said West Virginians will be forced to travel hundreds or thousands of miles from home to access health care, and marginalized communities will be hit the hardest.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Republican Governor Jim Justice applauded the High Court’s decision on Friday. The judge said he “will not hesitate” to call the Legislature into special session if the state’s abortion law needs clarification.

West Virginia currently prohibits abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy unless a patient’s life is in danger or she faces “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function. “. Abortion patients must wait 24 hours after undergoing legally mandated counseling designed to discourage abortions.

A minor who wishes to have an abortion must obtain parental authorization. The use of telemedicine to administer medical abortion is prohibited. The state also prohibits patients from having abortions because they believe their child will be born with a disability.

The House of Delegates this year passed a 15-week abortion ban like the Mississippi law being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, but it died in the Senate.

West Virginia lawmakers could introduce new legislation restricting abortion access when they return to the Capitol in January, but could return sooner if called to a special session.

Andrea Swalec contributed reporting.