West Virginia House Health and Judiciary Committees pass dismemberment abortion ban, final passage expected Saturday

Suzi Bragg, at the Monday House Health Committee public hearing, shared the heartache of her own two abortions. This is the Newsweek magazine that she saw two months following her abortion in 1975, which opened her eyes to the lie she had been told. Her aborted unborn child was not a piece of liver or tissue. Photo credit: Karen Cross

Suzi Bragg, at the Monday House Health Committee public hearing, shared the heartache of her own two abortions. This is the Newsweek magazine that she saw two months following her abortion in 1975, which opened her eyes to the lie she had been told. Her aborted unborn child was not a piece of liver or tissue. Photo credit: Karen Cross

The West Virginia Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act successfully made it through both the House Health Committee by voice vote on Tuesday, and the House Judiciary Committee, by a 19-6 margin, on Wednesday.

This after a Monday public hearing in the House Chamber that pitted pro-life advocates against opponents of SB10.

SB 10 outlaws a form of abortion that “dismember[s] a living unborn child and extract[s] him or her one piece at a time from the uterus.” This heinous procedure undermines the dignity of all human life, and should be outlawed in West Virginia. In ordinary medical care, doctors have testified that there is no emergency that requires dismembering a living unborn baby.

“If dismembering a living, unborn child in the womb so that she bleeds to death is considered the ‘standard of care’ for second- trimester abortions, what does this say about our society that we have sunk to the level of performing these horrific procedures?” said West Virginians for Life President Wanda Franz. “We congratulate the members of our legislature, who have voted to outlaw Dismemberment Abortions.”

Said WVFL Legislative Coordinator Karen Cross, “As I meet with West Virginia legislators, I am encouraged by their overwhelming support for the dismemberment ban. West Virginians are pro-life and it is reflected in their representatives.”

Cross added, “Like their constituents, most of West Virginia legislators are appalled that anyone would dismember a living, fully formed unborn baby.”

The bill will be on “first reading” in the House Thursday, “second reading/amendment” stage on Friday with final passage expected on Saturday.

Governor Earl Ray Tomlin will then have five days to make a decision. If he chooses to veto, a simple majority in both chambers would be needed to override.