On Friday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed the state’s pro-life bill into law that restricts abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy.
Fox News reports:
Gov. Jim Justice, a former Democrat who is now a Republican, said he always intended to approve a bill that would “protect life” in West Virginia.
“I said from the beginning that if WV legislators brought me a bill that protected life and included reasonable and logical exceptions I would sign it, and that’s what I did today,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
West Virginia became the second state to pass a near or total ban on abortion since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision earlier this summer overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that had secured rights to abortions for 50 years. Several states had laws on the books outlawing the procedure that went into effect after the court’s decision, though there are legal battles preventing some of those laws from going into effect.
West Virginia’s law prohibits abortions with exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergencies.
According to the report, “Pregnant, adult women cannot receive an abortion after eight weeks while pregnant children can receive one for one of the exceptions up until 14 weeks of pregnancy.”