West Virginia Becomes 11th State to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

A new state law that went into effect on May 26th makes West Virginia the 11th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The West Virginia legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to pass a bill prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks gestation similar to the federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Gov. Tomblin first vetoed the bill in 2014. He vetoed it a second time on March 3rd of this year after it was once again sent to his desk for his signature.

However, on March 4th, the House voted 77-16 to override Tomblin’s second veto, with the state Senate passing the override on a 27-5 vote just two days later.

Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive rights, remarked that Gov. Tomblin was right to veto what she called a “callous, cruel and unconstitutional attack on health care.” But National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said the governor’s veto “abandons West Virginia’s unborn,” adding that Tomblin should no longer claim to be a pro-life politician.