West Virginia Sex-Selective Abortion Ban (HB 2031)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016
HB 2031 would require any medical practitioner to determine the motivation of the woman seeking to abort her fetus prior to performing an abortion and would make performance of an abortion unlawful if the sole motivation to abort the fetus is based on the woman’s knowledge of its gender.
A person who violates this provision would be subject to conviction for a misdemeanor and fined between $500 and $1000.
Sex-selection abortions are not a widespread problem in the United States. However, anti-choice activists cite three studies documenting the use of sex-selection abortion primarily among a small number of immigrant women. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum notes that a ban similar to this ban “targets and thus limits reproductive health access for Asian American & Pacific Islander women, who anti-choicers say are the ones guilty of this abortion practice. We know the real solution to ending the preference for sons in some families is getting to the root of the problem: gender inequity. If lawmakers truly want to help us, we call on them to promote equal pay, access to education, health equity, and ending violence against women.”
Similar to HB 2371, which failed to pass in 2014.