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The Second Chances at Life Act (H.B. 2982) Passes West Virginia House 83-15

by | Mar 24, 2021

 By Mary Anne Buchanan, West Virginians for Life (WVFL)

The Second Chances at Life Act (HB 2982/SB 609) successfully passed in the West Virginia House of Delegates today by a bipartisan 83-15 vote. Passage followed a 19-5 vote in the House Health Committee on March 16 and a 22-3 vote in the House Judiciary Committee on March 18.

The Second Chances at Life Act next moves to the Senate Health Committee.

West Virginia is well on the way to becoming the 11th state to have this law in place. The other ten states are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Arizona whose original law was repealed and replaced with weaker language.

Sponsored by Delegate Kayla Kessinger, the bill will require that a woman be informed that the effects of the chemical abortion pill can be reversed to save her baby, if she changes her mind after taking it. House cosponsors include Delegates Trent Barnhart, Jordan Bridges, Adam Burkhammer, Josh Holstein, Laura Kimble, Todd Longanacre, Margitta Mazzocchi, Jeff Pack, Jonathan Pinson, and Terri Sypolt. 

“West Virginians for Life thanks those Delegates who voted for the bill in support of women seeking abortions by providing them with additional information so they can make a truly informed decision,” stated WVFL President, Dr. Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

Contrary to critics, the bill does not tell physicians how to practice medicine, or place obstacles on women seeking abortions. But it does save babies: To date over 2,000 babies have been saved nationwide by the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) protocol.

The American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a 2,500-member OB-GYN medical group, supports knowledgeable health care providers offering the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol to women who regret initiating the abortion pill process. 

The APR involves use of progesterone to reverse the effects of the Mifepristone. Progesterone is a natural element in the woman’s body required to retain her pregnancy. As such, it does no damage to the baby. It has been used for 50 years in infertility clinics to help women retain their pregnancies.

In West Virginia, chemical abortions account for more than 40% of abortions. 

A woman or girl wanting to save her baby once the chemical abortion process has started should contact a health care professional at or call 877-558-0333.

Categories: Legislation