Today, Sept. 13, the state senate and house of delegates voted to ban abortion in the state.
Rape and incest exceptions in the ban are 14 weeks for minors and eight weeks for people over age 18.
Seventy-seven house members voted in favor of the ban including Greenbrier County Delegate Mike Honaker.
Seventeen House of Delegates members voted against the ban including Mike Pushkin, a Democrat representing Charleston and the chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party. Vice chair Danielle Walker also voted against the ban.
Delegate Todd Longanacre, a Republican who represents Greenbrier County in the 42nd district, is not listed on the vote roster.
The roster states six members of the House of Delegates were absent.
Earlier in the day, the state senate passed the ban.
Local Sen. Stephen Baldwin (D) spoke out against the ban, stating that doctors and patients should be making reproductive decisions, not politicians.
The full bill can be viewed at https://www.wvlegislature.gov/bill_status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HR302+intr.htm&yr=2022&sesstype=3X&i=302&houseorig=h&billtype=r&fbclid=IwAR1cwKDkhqG2NueHFcA3iasQ7rA5BumLWmDIWEPWD31R2XwPsUj_U5YQdyw
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