February 11, 2020

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Overwhelmingly Passes West Virginia Congress

West Virginia State Capitol
Credit: J. Stephen Conn / Flickr
The “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” passed the West Virginia Senate with a unanimous 32-0 vote on Monday (although two senators were not present). It will soon be sent to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill was originally introduced in the House of Delegates, where it was passed with an overwhelming and bipartisan vote of 93-5. The House will have to concur with Senate amendments before the bill can be sent to the governor.

This bill will require abortionists to provide babies born alive in spite of an attempted abortion "the same degree" of care that would be provided “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital; and mandatory reporting of violations.

Furthermore, abortionists would be investigated and prosecuted for violating this rule and killing a born child, which was previously not possible. Abortion providers which do not report violations would face penalties.

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