W.Va. Senate to vote on ban on 2nd trimester abortion method

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A second-trimester abortion method would be banned in many instances under a bill set for a West Virginia Senate vote.

Senators are ready to vote on banning the commonly used abortion practice Wednesday.

Courts have already blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015.

The bill would ban the dilation and evacuation method unless the doctor already had caused demise of the fetus. It also would not ban the method in cases of medical emergency.

There would be no criminal or civil penalties, but physicians could potentially lose their medical licenses.

With Senate passage, the bill would head to the House of Delegates.

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