Good news for the pro-life community via the Herald-Dispatch: The West Virginia state senate — comprised of 24 Democrats and 10 Republicans — passed legislation (HB4588) on Saturday to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation. TheWashington Post also notes that West Virginia is the first state in the nation (controlled by Democrats) to do so, citing fetal pain as a reason:
A West Virginia House Bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy cleared the Senate Saturday, 25-9. The House still had to give the bill final approval as of press time.
The bill would make West Virginia one of 10 states that asserts a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks.
“We were an outlier state in that we didn’t have any regulations,” said Sen. Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell. “Now we’re part of this growing movement.”
Legal challenges, however, are expected — even though it’s up in the air if the state’s Democratic governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, will sign the bill: