West Virginia House bill would ban most abortions after 15 weeks
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — In recent years, several Republican-controlled states have attempted to roll back abortion rights across the country. Now it’s happening in West Virginia, where House Bill 4004 would ban most abortions after 15 weeks.
Experts said this bill is very similar to one that was passed in Mississippi and is now before the US Supreme Court. The bill was introduced Wednesday by 11 Republicans from across the state. The only exceptions to the 15-week rule would be in the event of a medical emergency or serious fetal abnormality. If a medical professional intentionally breaks the law, they could lose their medical license.
“I could really tell you that I hadn’t had that, I wouldn’t be here today. At 22, I wasn’t ready to have a child, especially with someone who was unstable. Like, it wasn’t viable,” said Ash Orr, a pro-life activist speaking of the time she crossed state lines to get an abortion.
“Actually, I have a sister-in-law who is pregnant with my first niece. Her name is Macy, and last week I got to see a video of an ultrasound she recently had at 16 weeks and two days, and it was so incredibly beautiful because we got to see and hear her heart beating almost in rhythm, and so for me, when I looked at that ultrasound image, I felt this deep love and passion for her, but I also felt a little bit of pain because in West Virginia, she could be killed at this point in her pregnancy, and I’m not okay with that,” delegate Kayla Kessinger (R) Fayette.
Currently, the bill is scheduled for a public hearing at 3 p.m. Monday at the Capitol.