West Virginia Governor must decide today what he will do about Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act

By Dave Andrusko

WVFL Legislative Coordinator Karen Cross testifying before the House Health Committee.

WVFL Legislative Coordinator Karen Cross testifying before the House Health Committee.

Today is “D” Day for Gov. Earl Ray Tomlin: Decision Day . Under state law, he has until today to decide how to respond to West Virginia’s Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

Tomlin can either signed the law, which passed overwhelmingly in both the House and State, veto SB 10, or allow the bill to become law without his signature.

Similar laws have passed in Kansas and Oklahoma and have been introduced elsewhere.

NRL News Today has covered the movement of SB 10 at some considerable length.

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.” West Virginians believe this heinous procedure undermines the dignity of all human life, and should be outlawed. In ordinary medical care, doctors have testified that there is no emergency that requires dismembering a living unborn baby.

During the course of the bill’s movement to passage, WVFL Legislative Coordinator Karen Cross said, “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.”