Michael Folk on Abortion
Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain
Excerpts from HB 4588 legislative records:
A BILL to protect unborn children who are capable of experiencing pain by prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks post-fertilization except when the mother has a medical emergency.
Legislature finds that there is substantial medical evidence that a fetus is capable of experiencing pain by twenty weeks after fertilization.
- I have vetoed HB 4588 because this bill is unconstitutional.
- The bill
also unduly restricts the physician-patient relationship.
- All patients, particularly expectant mothers, require unfettered medical judgment and advice from their physicians regarding treatment options.
- The criminal penalties this bill imposes will
impede that advice, and those options, to the detriment of the health and safety of expectant mothers.
Status:Bill passed Senate, 29-5-0; passed House 83-15-2; vetoed by Governor. (Michael Folk voted YEA).
Source: West Virginia legislature voting records: HB 4588
, Mar 28, 2015
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