The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 18, 2014

House panel OKs abortion limits bill

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia House of Delegates committee has voted to pass a bill to limit abortions after 20 weeks.

The proposal passed Monday in the Committee on Health would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks unless a physician deems a woman’s medical complications pose a risk to her life or would cause irreversible physical impairment. This does not include a woman’s psychological or mental condition.

The bill would also compel physicians who perform abortions after 20 weeks to do so in such a way that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.

Under the bill, all abortions would be reported to the Division of Health and anyone who performs an abortion in violation of the bill would face felony charges.

The bill now goes to the Judiciary Committee.

 

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