Despite treacherous weather, hundreds of pro-life West Virginians gathered at the state capitol on Tuesday to rally in support of Senate Bill 10, the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.
SB 10 will ban a particularly gruesome abortion procedure in which a live, fully formed unborn child is torn limb by limb using a sharp instrument. Senators Robert Plymale and Ron Stollings offered an amendment that would have allowed ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) to determine whether a doctor who performs this procedure on a live baby used the “standard of care.” However, ACOG has already expressed opposition to this bill saying it is the “standard of care,” therefore pro-life Health Committee Chair Ryan Ferns spoke against the amendment saying that it would render the bill “null and void.” The amendment failed and SB 10 passed in the Senate by a 24-9 vote Wednesday and will now move on to the House of Delegates.
A number of West Virginia’s obstetrician-gynecologists have said that in their decades of practice this procedure has never been necessary.
Those who spoke at the Rally in support of SB 10 included Senate President Bill Cole, Speaker Tim Armstead, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael. Dozens of state Senators and Delegates also spoke in favor of the bill.
Said Pro-life Senate President Bill Cole, “As I look forward to West Virginia’s future, I am encouraged knowing we are doing all we can to protect future generations. I believe every life is a gift, and every life has the potential to accomplish great things. We must defend those who cannot defend themselves, and give them every chance at life.”
Pro-life Speaker Tim Armstead spoke in favor of the bill and was pleased to see the pro-life faithful turn out as they always do.
Mary Anne Buchanan, communications director for West Virginians for Life, said, “When bad wintry weather plays a role and yet the number of people who show up are this good, it demonstrates just how committed pro-life West Virginians are to seeing the unborn in our state protected from this horrid method of abortion.”
The crowd joined Frank Tettenburn as he closed the rally with his inspiring rendition of “God Bless America”.