West Virginia has passed a state law that makes abortion illegal: it is the second state in the United States to draft, discuss and pass a new law that limits access to abortion after the Supreme Court last June 24 of the United States had overturned the 1973 ruling known as “Roe v. Wade ”, which guaranteed the right to abortion at the federal level.
The law, signed on Friday by Republican Governor Jim Justice, making abortion illegal at all stages of pregnancy, went into effect immediately. The penal sanctions instead will come into force in 90 days.
The ban includes some exceptions: pregnancy interruptions will be possible only in case of medical emergencies and in cases of rape or incest, up to the eighth week of pregnancy for adult women and up to the fourteenth week of pregnancy for minors. Rape victims will have to file a report at least 48 hours before the surgery. Minors can report the rape to the police or a doctor, who must then inform the police..
Finally, the law provides that all abortions are carried out by a doctor within a hospital: two Republican parliamentarians said that this provision was designed specifically to block the activity of the Women’s Health Center, a clinic that guaranteed access abortions since 1976, and it was the only clinic in the state to practice them. Anyone who provides the service illegally will face 10 years in prison.CopyAMP code