West Virginia becomes 2nd state to pass strict abortion ban post-Roe

West Virginia becomes 2nd state to pass strict abortion ban post-Roe

The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill to impose a near-total ban on all abortions in the state.

The state Senate passed the bill in a 22-7 vote with the House giving its final approval in a 77-17 vote.

The bill now goes to Republican Governor Jim Justice's desk for signature.

Under the legislation, rape and incest victims will be able to access abortions at up to eight weeks of pregnancy.

However, they are required to report the crime to law enforcement or a physician first.

At the same time, abortions would be allowed in cases of medical emergencies.

In July, a judge blocked the 150-year-old abortion ban in a preliminary injunction, but lawmakers sought measures to supersede the ruling.

West Virginia is the second state to impose an abortion ban after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a ban into law in August.