West Virginia Senate votes to override abortion veto

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia lawmakers have begun overriding the veto of a bill banning a common second-trimester abortion method.

Senators voted 25-9 Thursday to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the measure outlawing the safest second-trimester abortion practice, dilation and evacuation. The House will likely follow.

Tomblin vetoed it Wednesday, citing patient safety and constitutionality concerns. Courts blocked similar bans that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015.

Lawmakers can override the veto with a simple majority of both chambers.

The bill would ban the abortion method unless the doctor already had caused demise of the fetus. Exceptions would exist for medical emergencies.

There wouldn’t be criminal or civil penalties, but physicians could potentially lose medical licenses.

Last year, lawmakers overrode Tomblin’s veto of a ban on abortions 20 weeks after conception.

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