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Over the weekend, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a law that would have prohibited abortions for women after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The legislation passed the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate without much opposition.

Several delegates and senators felt strongly against the legislation, but their attempts at thwarting fell on deaf ears.

After Tomblin issued the veto, many organizations took to email and social media to express their displeasure.

The Susan B. Anthony List, a non-profit group seeking to eliminated abortions in the United States, sent out a press release asking Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for help on the federal level.

"Last night, missing the tragic irony of his actions, Governor Tomblin said, ‘I believe there is no greater gift of love than the gift of life.' This high profile hypocrisy is producing justified outrage in West Virginia and across the nation," said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "Shame on Governor Tomblin for turning his back on unborn children and women by vetoing a compassionate, common sense limit passed with overwhelming bipartisan support."

Similar laws have been passed in 13 states, and a federal version has been approved by the U.S. House and has more than 40 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate.

"Now is the time for clarity on the part of West Virginia's U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. We implore Senator Joe Manchin to embrace his pro-life position and become the first Democratic senator to cosponsor the federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," Dannenfelser said. "Senator Manchin has the opportunity to represent West Virginia and lead the nation where Governor Tomblin has so shamefully failed."

West Virginians for Life (WVFL) President Wanda Franz said Tomblin has placed himself in a minority position.
Franz noted that according to a February/March 2013 The Polling Company, Inc. poll, only 12 percent of the American public believe abortion should be allowed for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy. 

A prayer/candlelight vigil hosted by Students for Life of America will be held in response to Tomblin's veto at 8 p.m. on April 1.

The vigil will be held in front of the Governor's Mansion and is for all pro-life activists.

The group is asking participants to bring a back of diapers to the prayer vigil, in honor of the babies who are at risk of abortion. The diapers will later be donated to a local pregnancy center.