Vote No on Amendment 1 e-zine

Vote No on Amendment 1 Cover

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CONTRIBUTORS:

Sara Bibb, Elizabeth Ellen, Sabra Embury, Juliet Escoria, Katherine Faw, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Gina Mamone, Mesha Maren, Austin Blake Mays, Jamie R. Miller, Ifer Moore, Wendy C. Ortiz, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, Diane Radford, Aurora Shimshak, Cassandra Slack, Kristin Janae Steele, Nicole Stockburger, Christine Stroud, Laura van den Berg, Emily Paige Wilson.

114 pps, full-color illustrations.

WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING?

All donations collected will go to Vote No On Amendment 1, a coalition between WV Free, the ACLU of West Virginia, the Women’s Health Center, and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.

For transparency’s sake: The PayPal funds will go directly into my (Juliet Escoria) PayPal account. I will make weekly daily donations of all funds to Vote No by electronic transfer, and will personally cover any PayPal fees.

WHAT IS AMENDMENT 1?

Simply put, Amendment 1 is a proposed change to our state constitution that reads: “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects the right to an abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

This is, of course, a frightening attack on women’s basic rights.

It’s important to note that some of our state democrats attempted to push forth exclusions to this language that would make exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or if determined necessary to save the life of the mother. This was rejected in the state senate.

It is framed by our opposition as an amendment that will merely strip Medicaid funding for abortions; however, this is dishonest and the amendment steps far outside of these bounds.

HOW CAN I HELP?

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

If you’re here, we’re going to assume you already know how important abortion access is to women’s liberty, agency, and health.

West Virginia is one of 17 states in the country in which State Medicaid provides coverage of abortion care for low-income women who are insured through the program. This amendment unfairly targets low income women. In our state, 38% of the population is considered low income. 26% of the total population are covered by Medicaid, including 1 out of 2 children.

This amendment also paves a path to further endanger women’s lives and well-being. We already have an unenforced law on the books (§61-2-8) that criminalizes abortion, with a penalty of imprisonment for 3-10 years. If Amendment 1 were to pass, and Roe v. Wade were overturned, there would be no protections for abortion in the state of West Virginia. We would revert back to the state code that criminalizes abortion.

Our state democrats advocated to have a special election prior to November’s election for just this amendment. This was rejected by the republicans, who outright admitted that this was an attempt to get conservative voters to the polls in order to prevent a “blue wave.”