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West Virginia Abortions May Go On, With 150-Year-Old Law Blocked

July 18, 2022, 9:04 PM

A county judge said Monday that she would block West Virginia from enforcing a 150-year-old law criminalizing abortions, according to attorneys fighting in state court in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The preliminary injunction from Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tera L. Salango allows the state’s only abortion clinic to resume services. The law criminalizing abortion has been on the books in West Virginia since the 19th century.

“We will appeal this decision to the Supreme Court of Appeals as soon as legally possible,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in ...