Charleston, West Virginia (AP) —The new West Virginia law, which comes into force on Friday, prohibits patients from having an abortion because they believe their child will be born with a disability.
forbidden Signed by Republican Governor Jim Justice In March, we will provide an exception for emergency medical care or if the fetus is “medically incapable of survival”.
This was one of the more controversial bills passed during the 2022 legislative session. Its supporters said it would help protect people with disabilities. Justice posted on Twitter about the signing of the “Protection and Education of the Disabled Fetus” to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.
He then said the bill “pays respect for our Down Syndrome community.”
Others say the proposal is just another tool to further limit abortion in West Virginia and is currently banned after 20 weeks.
West Virginia has only one clinic that offers abortion services. It’s the Women’s Health Center in West Virginia, Charleston.
In a statement, the clinic’s managing director, Katie Kinones, called the ban “another example of a politician who interferes with an individual’s reproductive health decisions.”
“People want abortion for many reasons, and each of those reasons should be valid and respected,” she said. “Patients must be able to be frank and honest with their healthcare providers.”
Kinones said Thursday that the clinic is waiting for the West Virginia Public Health Service to provide guidance on legal reporting and certification requirements.
West Virginia law prohibiting abortion due to disability comes into force
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