Third state to pass the bill
By Dave Andrusko
Given that last year West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it came as little surprise that Tomblin yesterday vetoed the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.
But a bipartisan coalition of legislators quickly overrode the governor’s veto today. The Senate vote to override was 25-9. Hours later the House did likewise, 85-15.
Noteworthy is that SB 10 garnered 100% support from women senators and 83% from women delegates.
“We at West Virginians for Life were not surprised when Governor Tomblin vetoed the dismemberment abortion ban because this is his third veto of pro-life legislation in as many years,” said Karen Cross, legislative coordinator for West Virginians for Life (WVFL). “What did surprise us is that despite a huge bipartisan majority in both houses, Governor Tomblin vetoed legislation that simply says we won’t dismember a living, fully formed unborn child by removing her limb from limb while she’s alive while she slowly bleeds to death.”
West Virginia joins Kansas and Oklahoma in having enacted the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. It has been introduced in Mississippi, Nebraska, Idaho, and Missouri and will be introduced in several other states.
WVFL President Wanda Franz commented, “We are extremely grateful for the pro-life leadership and legislators who voted to override the Governor’s veto, therefore voting to protect West Virginia’s unborn children from this barbaric dismemberment procedure.”
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.” A number of West Virginia’s obstetrician-gynecologists have said that in their decades of practice this procedure has never been necessary.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said as recently as last night that if SB 10 is challenged in court, he will defend it.
SB 10 will take effect 90 days from passage which was February 29.