West Virginia GOP Gov. Justice signs state abortion ban into law

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill into law that bans abortion, with exceptions of rape, incest, and life of the mother

Updated: September 16, 2022 - 3:46pm

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West Virginia GOP Gov. Jim Justice on Friday sign into law a measure that prohibits abortion in his state with some exceptions including rape and the life of the mother. 

The West Virginia House passed the bill earlier this month that also includes exceptions for fetal anomalies and medical emergencies.

For the exceptions for rape and incest, the victim must report the crime to law enforcement. Minors have up until 14 weeks to have an abortion and adults have eight weeks, according to local TV station WBOY-12 News.

“The final piece of legislation was the passage of the bill that I call that protects life," Justice said in signing the measure. "Many people refer to it as an abortion bill. It has come to my desk, and I want to tell you right now exactly, I have done exactly, what I said I would do, I signed it."

The legislation also states that all legal abortions have to be performed in a hospital and that doctors who performs an illegal one will have their license revoked. In addition, an unlicensed person who performs an abortion will be charged with a felony and potentially face three to 10 years in prison.

Women will not face any penalty for an illegal abortion.

The criminal penalties for illegal abortions will reportedly go into effect in about 90 days.