Unexpected Veto of Abortion Ban in WV

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Great news out of West Virginia over the weekend. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after 20-weeks of pregnancy. According to ThinkProgress, Gov. Tomblin recognized that the measure was unconstitutional:

In a statement regarding his decision, the governor explained that the abortion ban would be a “detriment of the health and safety of expectant mothers,” and noted that it violates the constitution.

Since 2010, 12 states have passed 20-week bans on abortion, and in the three states where the laws have been challenged—Arizona, Georgia, and Idaho—the court has blocked them from being enforced, either preliminarily or permanently. In fact recently in the Center’s case in Arizona, the Supreme Court recently refused to review the law—allowing a ruling from a lower court striking the measure as unconstitutional to stand.