Saturday, February 28, 2015

Late-term Abortion Ban Passes in West Virginia

When the West Virginia legislature banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation last year, Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill, but now with a Republican hold on a veto-proof majority, abortionists who murder children capable of feeling pain could lose their license to kill, with no exception for rape or incest.

For background, read As Pro-life Laws Sweep America, Liberals Battle Back as well as 75% of Abortion Clinics Closed: Jan. 2015 vs. 1991

Also read Gallup Poll: Americans Want Abortion Laws Changed

In addition, watch how Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, who claims to be Catholic, refuses to acknowledge a fetus as a person.

-- From "W.Va. lawmakers pass ban on abortions after 20 weeks" by The Associated Press 2/25/15

With little debate, West Virginia senators cleared the ban Wednesday [29-5]. The House of Delegates passed it overwhelmingly [87-12] earlier this month after a more heated back-and-forth.

The proposal bans abortions after 20 weeks, with some exemptions for women in medical emergencies. Rape and incest aren't exempted, despite Democrats' effort to try to include them.

The proposal would also prohibit abortions when women have psychological conditions that could lead them to hurt or kill themselves.

Even for abortions that would be exempted, the bill requires doctors to terminate pregnancies in a way that gives "the best opportunity for the fetus to survive," unless the process would kill or irreparably harm the mother.

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From "Full WV Legislature passes 20-week abortion ban" by Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter, The State Journal 2/25/15

Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, offered an amendment to change the 20-week ban to 22 weeks. He said the amendment would have made the bill constitutional. Tomblin, acting on a similar bill last year, said he vetoed the measure because his office found it to be unconstitutional.

“Bills similar to this have been passed in at least 10 states; I think three of them have been challenged and all three have been held unconstitutional,” Palumbo said. “According to evidence out there, I don't see anyway this bill would be found to be constitutional.”

The bill did not contain criminal penalties against physicians for performing abortions, but a similar bill that passed the Legislature last year did contain penalties and was vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

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From "West Virginia lawmakers pass 20-week abortion ban" by Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times 2/26/15

The U.S. Supreme Court, which has barred undue restrictions on abortion before fetuses are viable outside the womb -- generally considered to be 24 weeks -- has declined to weigh in on "fetal-pain laws," at least so far.

The West Virginia legislation, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [HB 2568], provides no exceptions for rape or incest and threatens to strip medical licenses from providers who perform abortions after 20 weeks.

Federal judges have stopped similar pre-viability abortion bans in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas and North Dakota.

As of the start of February, 10 states had pre-viability abortion bans similar to the proposal in West Virginia, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health advocacy group.

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From "West Virginia Legislature Passes Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks" by Steven Ertelt, 2/25/15

Across the country, eight states have the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in effect: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Texas. . . . More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America.

The bill [considered last month in Congress] relies on the science of fetal pain to establish a Constitutional reason for Congress to ban abortions late in pregnancy. The science behind the concept of fetal pain is fully established and Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician from Oregon, is one of the leading researchers into it. He first published reports in the 1980s to validate research showing evidence for it.

He has testified before Congress that an unborn child could feel pain at “eight-and-a-half weeks and possibly earlier” and that a baby before birth “under the right circumstances, is capable of crying.”

He and his colleagues Dr. Vincent J. Collins and Thomas J. Marzen  were the top researchers to point to fetal pain decades ago. Collins, before his death, was Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois and author of Principles of Anesthesiology, one of the leading medical texts on the control of pain.

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Also read Liberals Embrace Science Lies, Reject Science Truth Regarding Abortion

And read Abortion Rates Plunge: Liberals Fume, Call for More Access