WVa abortion ban irrational, unconstitutional

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An abortion provider filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to overturn West Virginia’s near-total ban, saying it is unconstitutional, irrational and causing irreparable harm to the state’s only abortion clinic and its patients.

The lawsuit seeks a halt to the four-month-old abortion ban while the case is heard in federal court. Republican Gov. Jim Justice signed law on Sept. 16 that passed earlier this week, making West Virginia the second state to enact legislation banning the trial since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June its constitutional one remove protection.

The law requires abortions to be performed by a doctor in a hospital — a provision that at least two Republican lawmakers said was designed to stop abortions at West Virginia’s Women’s Health Center. It has been offering the procedure since 1976 and was the state’s only abortion clinic.

Under the law, providers who perform illegal abortions can face up to 10 years in prison.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

| |
Back to top button