House Health Committee Clears 'Born Alive' Abortion Bill

Jan 9, 2020

The West Virginia House Health and Human Resources Committee has advanced a bill that would ensure medical care for a fetus born alive following an ineffective abortion. 

House Bill 4007 is known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The measure would direct physicians to exercise “reasonable medical judgement” should a fetus be alive following an abortion. 

State law currently prohibits women from having an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation. 

In a Thursday meeting, Del. Margaret Staggers, D-Fayette — who is also a physician — said there is no possibility for a fetus to survive if delivered at or before 20 weeks. 

The bill cleared the House Health Committee on a voice vote. Del. Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, was the only audible opposition to the measure. 

House Bill 4007 now heads to the floor for consideration.