W.Va. House overrides 20-week abortion ban after governor vetoed it 2nd straight year


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The House of Delegates has overridden a veto of an abortion ban 20 weeks after conception.

The House voted 77-16 on the override Wednesday. The Senate hasn't acted yet. Overriding policy vetoes requires a simple majority.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill again Tuesday, citing constitutionality concerns.

Tomblin, an anti-abortion advocate, said the bill is similar to what he vetoed last year.

The Republican Legislature passed it overwhelmingly this year. It passed easily last year under Democrats.

The bill provides some exemptions for women in medical emergencies, but not for rape and incest.

Proponents have cited moral grounds. Opponents say it's unconstitutional and intrusive into doctor-patient relationships.

Both bills resemble a law struck down in Arizona in 2013 that the U.S. Supreme Court later decided not to reconsider.

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