West Virginia is the third state to pass The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, SB 10. On Monday, it successfully passed with bipartisan support in the House of Delegates by a vote of 86-13.

SB 10 outlaws a form of abortion that “dismember[s] a living unborn child and extract[s] him or her one piece at a time from the uterus.” This heinous procedure undermines the dignity of all human life. In ordinary medical care, doctors have testified that there is no emergency that requires dismembering a living unborn baby.

First, an amendment to exempt rape and incest was defeated by a bipartisan vote of 16-82. Delegate Patrick Lane explained that the proposed amendment was redundant because the bill specifically states that it “does not prevent an abortion by any other method for any reason including rape and incest.”

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