By Mary Anne Buchanan, West Virginians for Life Communications Director
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HB 4007/SB 231) has passed every test and now awaits the signature of Governor Jim Justice, who has said he will sign it.
The bill had undergone one change in wording in the Senate after passing in the House. The vote in the House to concur with the Senate change– from “fetus” to “child–passed by a 92-6 vote. In turn the Senate then concurred on a unanimous 33-0 vote. Only pro-abortion Senator Bob Beach was absent.
Lead sponsors of the bill are Delegates Ruth Rowan and Senator Patricia Rucker.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act will require 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.
Moreover, for the first time, the legislation makes it possible to investigate and prosecute these cases. West Virginia law will define the actions required by the abortionist in the case of a born-alive abortion survivor as well as spelling out the penalties for failure to comply with the law.
“West Virginians for Life thanks the legislators and leadership in our state Capitol for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” said WVFL President Wanda Franz, Ph.D. “This new law puts teeth in our state legal system to make it possible to report and prosecute these cases. The people of West Virginia want these infants to be protected by West Virginia law.”
West Virginians for Life now looks forward to a bill signing with Governor Justice.