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(Photograph: The Christian Publish)Professional-lifers display within the 39th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2012.

Professional-lifers definitely had a vested curiosity in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Whereas pro-lifers are definitely dissatisfied that Democrats gained a majority of seats within the Home of Representatives, many are heartened that Republicans expanded their majority within the U.S. Senate. This can make it simpler for President Trump to verify judicial appointments in the course of the subsequent two years. Nonetheless, the outcomes of a poll proposition in West Virginia might need a fair bigger short-term impact. Yesterday, Modification 1 was accredited by voters within the Mountain State — receiving over 51 p.c of the vote. Modification 1 will add language within the West Virginia state structure stating that “nothing on this Structure secures or protects a proper to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

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This is a crucial victory. The passage of Modification 1 will forestall taxpayer funding of abortion for elective abortions in West Virginia. Presently, the Hyde modification solely permits for federal funding of abortion in very restricted circumstances. Nonetheless, 17 states, together with West Virginia, use state taxpayer {dollars} pay for elective abortions for girls on Medicaid. In West Virginia, like almost each different state, this coverage didn’t come about by means of the democratic course of. In 1993, in Ladies’s Well being Heart of West Virginia, et al. v. Panepinto, et al. the state supreme courtroom dominated that the state was required to pay for elective abortions for girls on Medicaid. The passage of Modification 1 will get rid of the Panepinto funding requirement.

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Stopping taxpayer funding of abortion has at all times been precedence for pro-lifers. Defending the conscience rights of taxpayers has at all times been an vital aim. Moreover, educational analysis reveals that limiting public funding for abortion reduces abortion charges. Certainly, taxpayer funded abortions are widespread. Yearly since 2010, over 25 p.c of abortions carried out on West Virginia residents have been paid for by the state Medicaid program. Moreover, despite the fact that abortion charges are declining nationally, the variety of abortions funded by Medicaid has elevated in lots of states. In actual fact, in West Virginia, between 2013 and 2017, the variety of Medicaid-funded abortions greater than tripled. Some have speculated that a part of this improve could also be because of the state’s Medicaid growth which was backed by the Inexpensive Care Act. As such, Modification 1 will possible save a whole lot of preborn lives yearly.

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