20-week abortion ban in West Virginia becomes law

A law prohibiting abortions 20 weeks after conception took effect on May 26 in West Virginia, despite Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin twice vetoing the ban. Jennifer Meinig, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, said a lawsuit can be brought by a woman or a doctor on behalf of patients. According to the most recent data available (2011), there were only six abortions after 20 weeks in West Virginia, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ACLU has called the ban unconstitutional.


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