Tomblin vetoes WV abortion bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today that he will veto a controversial bill that would have made most abortions illegal after 20 weeks.

The bill passed the state Senate after a fiery debate on the final night of the legislative session. Tomblin then indicated he would treat the bill with scrutiny.

Today, Tomblin’s staff issued a news release that said, “I believe there is no greater gift of love than the gift of life. I have stated this time and again throughout my career and it is reflected in my legislative voting record.

“However, I am vetoing HB 4588 because I am advised, by not only attorneys from the Legislature but through my own legal team that this bill is unconstitutional as shown by the actions of the Supreme Court of the United States.

“The bill is also problematic because it unduly restricts the physician-patient relationship. All patients, particularly expectant mothers, require the best, most unfettered medical judgment and advice from their physicians regarding treatment options.

“The medical community has made it clear to me the legal penalties this bill imposes will impede that advice, and those options to the detriment of the health and safety of expectant mothers.”

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