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W.Va. Gov. Pledges To Veto 20-Week Ban Again if Necessary

W.Va. Gov. Pledges To Veto 20-Week Ban Again if Necessary

May 27, 2014 — Some West Virginia lawmakers want to hold a special session to reconsider vetoed legislation (HB 4588) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but Gov. Earl Tomblin (D) said Thursday that he would veto the measure again if it passes, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Tomblin said he believes such a ban would be unconstitutional. However, he added that he is proud of his antiabortion-rights record and would work with the state Legislature in 2015 to enact legislation he feels is constitutional.

Meanwhile, state House Speaker Tim Miley (D), who voted for the ban, said Thursday that the legislation appeared to be "legally flawed" and that holding a special session to reconsider it would be a poor use of state funds (AP/Washington Times, 5/23).