The newly elected Republican legislature in West Virginia flexed its muscles today by overriding Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin veto of an abortion law that would ban the practice after 20 weeks. In other words, late-term abortion is banned in West Virginia (via AP):
The ban provides some exemptions for women in medical emergencies, but not for rape and incest.The bill is based on the assertion that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks, which is disputed in medical research.
Opponents say it’s unconstitutional and intrusive into doctor-patient relationships. Ten other states ban abortions after 20 weeks.
The West Virginia law resembles one that was struck down in Arizona in 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to reconsider that case.