W.Va. governor signs ‘born alive’ abortion bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed a largely symbolic measure to penalize physicians who don’t provide medical care to a child born after an abortion.

The Republican signed the bill into law at a ceremony Monday. The measure easily passed both the GOP-held Senate and House of Delegates with supporters admitting that it’s more about sending a political message than solving an ongoing problem.

There are so many states around us that are passing legislation that legalizes abortion until birth. We really believe that West Virginia [is] a pro-life state and that we are standing tall in support of life here in West Virginia.

Wanda Franz, president – West Virginians for Life

State law forbids abortions after 20 weeks and many Democrats have pointed out that murder is already a crime in West Virginia.

North Carolina’s Democratic governor vetoed a similar bill last year because he said it was unnecessary.

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