Born-Alive Bill Passes West Virginia Senate

Gov. expected to sign into law

By Mary Anne Buchanan, West Virginians for Life Program Director

The West Virginia Senate this morning unanimously passed the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” (HB 4007/SB 231). The vote was 32-0. Senators Bob Beach and Doug Facemire were absent.

Senate passage follow last month’s overwhelming House bi-partisan vote  of 93-5. All that remains  is for the House vote to concur, since the bill originated in the House of Delegates, but went through acceptable amendments in the Senate.

West Virginians for Life expects Governor Justice to sign the Born-Alive Bill.

The Born-Alive Bill will enact requirements that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital; and mandatory reporting of violations. 

It also makes it possible, for the first time, to investigate and prosecute violations. The new West Virginia law will define the actions required by the abortionist in the case of a born-alive survivor along with the penalties for failure to comply with the law.

“Once again West Virginia legislators have shown overwhelming bipartisan support of a simple, compassionate, commonsense bill to protect babies in the Mountain State who might survive abortions,” said WVFL Legislative Coordinator Karen Cross. “Pro-Life Rally Day at the Capitol is Monday, February 24. A jubilant pro-life crowd can look forward to hearing Governor Justice and celebrating passage of the Born-Alive Bill.”

Cross lamented that Nancy Pelosi and her fellow pro-abortion House Democrats have blocked consideration of a federal Born-Alive Bill Abortion Survivors Act. All of West Virginia’s members of the House of Representative want H.R. 962 considered, but under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, it has been thwarted over 80 times.

Lead sponsors of the bill are Delegates Ruth Rowan and Senator Patricia Rucker.