Governor vetoes bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks

Local - 3/29/2014 8:13 PM by Karen Franklin
CHARLESTON - Pro-life groups are upset with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of a controversial abortion bill Friday.
West Virginians for Life said it is disappointed in his actions and said similar bills have been passed in 10 other states. 

Tomblin said his reason for vetoing House Bill 4588, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, was that it was unconstitutional. 

Proponents of the bill said there is scientific evidence that an abortion at this stage would cause a child excruciating pain. 

But Melissa Reed, Vice President for Public Affairs with Planned Parenthood Health Systems, applauded Tomblin's decision. She believes we cannot make personal, complex decisions on behalf of mothers. 


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