West Virginia Abortion Laws
Our staff will assist patients with information on applicable laws when the appointment is being made. Below are summaries of current laws in West Virginia that affect your appointment.
Waiting Period Law
The “Women’s Right to Know Act” requires that abortion providers read a biased government-prepared script to all women seeking abortion care at least 24 hours before the abortion. The script includes reference to abortion alternatives, abortion risks, pregnancy risks, and pregnancy support agencies. A state-sponsored website and literature on alternatives to abortion are available to patients seeking more information on fetal development or continuing the pregnancy.
This law now includes a provision requiring providers to inform women of the opportunity to view or decline to view the ultrasound image, if an ultrasound is performed.
Parental Notification for Minors
Women under 18 years of age currently have the option of involving their parent or guardian in their abortion decision or seeking a waiver of parental notification. Minors who are legally emancipated are exempt from this process and are not subject to notification provisions.
Waivers of parental notification may be obtained by direction of a judge who deems the minor mature enough to make the abortion decision on her own or finds that it would not be in the minor’s best interest to notify her parent or guardian.
A minor who does not wish to tell a parent or guardian may obtain a waiver by a judge. Details on this process may be obtained by calling our office.
A minor who wishes to tell her parent or guardian about the pregnancy may do one of the following:
Bring a parent or guardian with her to the clinic to sign consent forms.
Have the parent or guardian sign a letter before a notary public stating that he or she waives the right to be notified about the abortion procedure and bring only the letter with her to the clinic.
Our telephone counseling staff will discuss the documentation needed to prove eligibility for exemptions and provide instructions on the exact language needed in letters. Please call for more information about requirements for minors.