By Tony Perkins
One man shouldn’t be able to stand in the way of popular legislation — and thanks to the West Virginia legislature, he won’t. Late Friday, Gov. Earl Tomblin (D) may have vetoed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, but he didn’t have the last word. By huge majorities, the state house and senate took the power back, overriding the veto 77-16 and 27-5 (with two-thirds of Democratic leaders voting in favor!).
Thanks to the no-quit attitude of the legislature, unborn children will be spared the excruciating pain of abortion after 20 weeks when most scientists say they suffer most. “Medical science provides substantial compelling evidence that unborn children flinch away from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase when they’re subjected to anything painful, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery,” Karen Cross reminded reporters after the victory.
No thanks to Gov. Tomblin, who prefaced his veto by saying that there is “no greater gift of love than the gift of life,” (then went on to deny it), West Virginia is the 11th state to pass a pain-capable unborn child protection act. With almost a quarter of the country on board, it is time Congress move forward with the federal version of this pro-life measure. The sooner, the better, pro-lifers will say. In this debate, every second counts!
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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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