West Virginia bans abortions after 20 weeks over governor's veto
On Friday a West Virginia Legislature which is controlled by the Republicans banned abortion in an event that the pregnancy is 20 weeks old, joining 11 other states who have also passed such a law.
On Wednesday, Delegates of the state House voted to override a veto that was brought forward by Governor and Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin.
The law which is set to be effected starting May 26th this year was voted for on Friday by the state senate 27 – 5.
According to Tomblin’s spokesman, the governor wanted to ensure legality by prolonging the duration in which abortion ban was covering.
Earlier in the week Tomblin rejected the measure citing constitutional concerns given that the bill prevented abortion in cases when the fetus is viable.
In a statement that was issued out by Planned Parenthood, the law banning abortion after 20 weeks that was passed in West Virginia has already been passed in 11 other states since the year 2010. States such as Georgia as well as Idaho also have such bans which prevent abortion in an event that the pregnancy is 20 weeks old. That said the bans which have been passed in both Georgia and Idaho are yet to be effected into law due to the fact that they are currently undergoing legal challenges.
The reproductive health advocacy also voiced their concern on the law that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, stating that cases in which abortion is required at such a time are usually brought about due to maternal health risk adding that there were 8 abortions which were carried out in the state of West Virginia last years after 20 weeks of pregnancy.