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Public News Service - WV: Women's Issues

The West Virginia Legislature passed SJR 12 on Monday. Now the anti-abortion measure is headed for the November ballot. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia reproductive rights advocates see partisan political strategies behind the abortion referendum now headed for the ballot. But they also say they're ready. Senate Joint Resolution 12 would remove any right to abortion from the state constitution. Supporters s

Natural gas wells are known to be sources of problematic air pollution, and may be causing issues in developing fetuses. (Egan Jimenez/The Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Babies born to women who lived next to fracked gas wells during their pregnancies are more likely to have a low birth weight. That’s the finding of a new study from Princeton University. Researchers compared standard birth-weight records collected by Pennsylvania h

Retired Army Lt. Col. Teresa James says it's important for counselors to understand why victims of sexual assault in the military, like her, often don't speak up. (Teresa James)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A retired army lieutenant colonel is telling her story of surviving sexual assault, and explaining to social workers what it's like to have her commanders retaliate against her for speaking out. Teresa James was nearing the end of her career with the West Virginia National Gua

An estimated 3,000 people were at the State Capitol in Charleston on Saturday to voice their support for women's reproductive rights and issues of equality and social justice. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The weekend's Women's March was bigger than organizers expected, and now West Virginia pro-choice advocates say they'll be relying on "people power" to protect choice in a difficult political environment. With Republicans in control in the White House, Congress and the s

Donald Trump's support in West Virginia has been strong, and it's unclear so far if recently leaked comments will undermine that. (Michael Vadon/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- It's not yet clear what kind of impact Donald Trump's leaked comments will have in West Virginia, but a few Republican voters in Charleston are delivering a mixed but largely supportive verdict so far. Before a recording leaked of Trump bragging about aggressive harassment of w

African-American children under age 5 in West Virginia are twice as likely to live in poverty as their white peers, according to a new report.(WV KIDS COUNT)

CHARLESTON, W.V. — African-American children in West Virginia aren't faring well compared to their white peers, according to a new report from West Virginia Kids Count. But, the report’s authors said, many of the problems they found can be solved. The group's research confirmed dispari

West Virginia author Laurie Helgoe wants people to appreciate the power in being an introvert. (L. Helgoe)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A West Virginia author says more people need to see the power in being an introvert. Davis and Elkins College psychology professor Laurie Helgoe says we live in a culture that rewards people for being outgoing – but the minds of introverts and extroverts just work differ

Amy Tolliver with the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership says a sharp hike in cigarette taxes would be a win-win. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia pregnancy-care providers want lawmakers to "pass the buck" by raising the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack. With a big hole in the state budget, the $150 million more a year in tobacco revenue looks appealing. But doctors here also hope to reduce the rate of smokin

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