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Saturday, March 07, 2015

The lesson of West Virginia's fetal pain law

Last year, in a desperate attempt to hang on to the West Virginia Legislature, the Democratic state Senate president and the Democratic Speaker of the House finally allowed a vote limiting abortion to the first 20 weeks -- knowing full well Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin would veto it. The Democrats refused to consider an override.

Republicans took over the Legislature anyway, for the first time in 84 years.

On Friday, they overrode the governor's veto. Elections have consequences -- so do economics.
In their 84 years controlling the Legislature, the Democratic Party destroyed the state's economy. It had a wonderful post-coal economy: a steel industry, an aluminum industry, a chemical industry and a glass industry. They are all but gone. Democrats gave the state over to union bosses. For example, striking workers can get unemployment compensation in West Virginia. Businesses got the hint and invested elsewhere. West Virginia has been 49th in income for decades.

In November, voters finally said enough.

And just as Democrats imposed a string of liberal social policies on the state, Republicans plan to impose their own.

The ban on abortions after 20 weeks is just one of those social policies. You soon will not need to pay the local sheriff $90 for a permit to carry concealed weapons.

From the National Right To Life:
 In a 27-5 vote, the West Virginia state Senate today joined with the state House of Delegates in voting to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 2568), legislation that protects unborn children from abortion at the point that they are able to feel pain. Tomblin’s veto came after the state House of Delegates and the state Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill in February. The legislature’s successful override of Gov. Tomblin’s veto means that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will go into effect in 90 days.
Despite having passed the legislature last session, Governor Tomblin’s first veto of this legislation came after the session ended, preventing an override vote.
“Medical science provides substantial compelling evidence that unborn children flinch away from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase when they are subjected to anything painful, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee. “States have a compelling interest in protecting the lives of unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion. West Virginia becomes the eleventh state to recognize this obligation by enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
The legislation is based on a National Right to Life model bill that is currently in effect in eight states across the country: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Opponents argue that there is "no" proof that babies feel pain at 20 weeks.

Then they turn around and demand larger coops for hens because hey, hens have feelings too.

Besides, should we not err on the side of caution when it comes to killing?



  1. Perhaps the next veto-override should include a provision for cutting the Governor's paycheque by 50% for six months.


  2. On this issue, the science is settled. After 20 weeks, a pre-born baby is a viable human being. Abortion after that point of a viable human being is tantamount to murder. Liberals like settled science, don't they?