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W.Va. House Approves Abortion Ban Bill

Martin Valent
West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia delegates have approved an abortion ban after 20 weeks conception, despite last year's veto on a similar bill.

The House of Delegates passed the proposal 87-12 Wednesday. The bill provides some exemptions for women in medical emergencies. Rape and incest aren't exempted.

Proponents cited moral, religious grounds. Opponents deemed the proposal likely unconstitutional and intrusive into doctor-patient relationships.

The 2014 Democratic-run Legislature passed a similar proposal.

Democratic Gov. Earl Tomblin, an anti-abortion advocate, vetoed the legislation over constitutionality concerns.

Both bills resemble a law struck down in Arizona in 2013 that the U.S. Supreme Court later decided not to reconsider.

Tomblin says he'd veto the same bill again. Lawmakers need a simple majority to overturn policy bill vetoes.

Republicans now control the Legislature.


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