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West Virginia Senate Judiciary Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

by | Feb 20, 2015

WVgraphicThe West Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HB 2568, successfully made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote on Thursday. The bill will have its first reading on the Senate floor Monday.

Pro-life senators warded off four hostile amendments before passage.

The House has already passed HB 2568 by an 87-12 margin. Two-thirds of the House Democrats voted for it.

Jennifer Popik, JD, of NRLC’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, and OB-Gyn Dr. Mike Rollins, testified in favor of the legislation Thursday.

If HB 2568 is taken up for second reading on Tuesday, it is expected to pass on Wednesday and will then be sent to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk. Tomblin recently said he planned to veto the legislation, as he did last year, when it reaches his desk, despite overwhelming bi-partisan support in both Houses.

“This bill reflects the most current medical research, which clearly demonstrates that human beings feel pain beginning at least by 20 weeks gestation,” said West Virginians for Life President Wanda Franz. “It protects West Virginia children from pain and abuse from the beginning of the time that they are capable of suffering from pain.”

West Virginians for Life Legislative Coordinator John Carey said, “The majority of West Virginia legislators clearly want to protect unborn children.” He added, “We hope the Governor will take that into account.”

Senate passage would be in time to override the governor’s veto.

Categories: Legislation