Governor: He would veto abortion ban again

CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he would veto an abortion ban again if state lawmakers reconsidered it.

The Democrat said Thursday he still believes an abortion bill passed by lawmakers this year is unconstitutional. Some lawmakers are urging a special session to pass the measure again. It would ban most abortions after 20 weeks gestation.

Tomblin said he’s proud of his pro-life record and would work with lawmakers in the 2015 session on a bill he considers constitutional.

A court struck down a similar law in Arizona, and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Democratic House Speaker Tim Miley voted for the bill. But he said Thursday that it appears to be “legally flawed.” He said a special session would be a poor use of taxpayer money.

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