West Virginia House Passes Sweeping Ban Criminalizing Abortion
It passed 69-23 largely along party lines
West Virginia's Republican-dominated House of Delegates passed a sweeping abortion ban Wednesday that makes providing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The measure, which now heads to the Senate for consideration, includes exceptions for victims of rape and incest, as well as for medical emergencies.
During hours of debate leading up to the 69 to 23 vote, the sound of screams and chants from protesters standing outside the chamber rang through the room. "Face us!" the pro-choice crowd yelled.
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