West Virginia Gov. Vetoes Ban on Later Abortions
CHARLESTON, W. Va –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill today that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Tomblin vetoed a similar bill last year after thousands of his constituents made it clear that they don’t want politicians interfering in personal, private decisions.
“The governor has recognized that politicians aren’t medical experts, and they shouldn’t be interfering in the decision a woman has made with her doctor and family,” said Jennifer Dalven, director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Even if we disagree about abortion, we can agree that it’s better that each woman can make her own decision with those she trusts.”
Legislators need only a simple majority to override Gov. Tomblin’s veto.
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