West Virginia Passes New Law Banning Most Abortions

West Virginia Passes New Law Banning Most Abortions


West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday that bans abortion with limited exceptions.

The legislation passed the state’s Senate 22-7 and the House 77-17, now moving to the desk of Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

It bans abortion except for cases where the embryo or fetus is nonviable, the pregnancy is ectopic, a medical emergency exists, or within eight weeks of a pregnancy caused by sexual assault or incest for an adult or 14 weeks for a minor.

The law also includes criminal penalties for anyone who performs an abortion without a medical license or at an unapproved location.

Once signed into law, the bill will replace the state’s current ban after 20 weeks, which went into effect in July

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