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20-week abortion ban in West Virginia becomes law

May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) — Abortions are now banned 20 weeks after conception in West Virginia. The ban became effective Tuesday, despite Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s disapproval.

The Democrat vetoed it this year and in 2014, citing constitutionality concerns. The Republican Legislature overrode the veto easily this year with some Democratic support.

Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey vows to defend it in court.

Ten other states have similar bans.

The West Virginia ban provides some exemptions for women in medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.

The law 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 intrudes into doctor-patient relationships.

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