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Senate, House leadership: Attorneys to review state statutes in light of Dobbs v. Jackson decision to ‘determine how they apply’

CHARLESTON — Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, and Speaker of the House Roger Hanshow, R-Clay, released the following statement in regard to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case:

“We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to affirm that every human life is precious. We stand strong with the majority of West Virginians who have shown us and told us they believe unborn children are entitled to the same rights as everyone, and we are ready to expeditiously take any necessary steps to ensure we continue to save and protect as many innocent lives as possible in West Virginia.

Our legislative attorneys have been preparing for this decision for weeks. Abortion is addressed in numerous statutes in West Virginia Code, and now our attorneys will need to further review those statutes to determine how they apply in light of this decision. We will work with the executive branch to address any needs relating to our state’s abortion laws that may arise from today’s opinion.”

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