Following last year's veto, West Virginia bill banning abortions after 20 weeks refiled


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A Democrat has refiled a proposal banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation in West Virginia, despite its veto last year.

On Tuesday, Fayette County Del. David Perry reintroduced the bill Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed.

It bans abortions after 20 weeks, except for expectant women in medical emergencies.

Before last year's election, the Democratic-run House and Senate passed the proposal overwhelmingly.

Tomblin, who touts an anti-abortion record, vetoed the legislation over constitutionality concerns.

The bill resembles a law struck down in Arizona in 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court later decided not to reconsider it.

Tomblin said Tuesday he'd probably veto the bill again if it's the same. However, a simple majority of lawmakers is needed to overturn policy bill vetoes.

The GOP now controls the West Virginia Legislature.

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