HB4588 S JUD AMT
The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:
Eng. House Bill No. 4588--A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §16-2M-1, §16-2M-2, §16-2M-3, §16-2M-4, §16-2M-5 and §16-2M-6, all relating to prohibiting certain abortions; stating legislative findings; defining terms; requiring a calculation of post-fertilization age before an abortion is performed or attempted, except in certain cases; prohibiting abortions when the post-fertilization age of the fetus is twenty weeks or more regardless of whether the fetus has reached the point of viability; creating certain exceptions to that prohibition; requiring a physician performing an abortion of a fetus that has a post-fertilization age of twenty weeks or more to use the process most likely to allow the fetus to survive, with certain exceptions; requiring reporting of all completed abortions and that the reports contain certain information regarding the abortion; requiring an annual public report that provides statistics of the abortions while keeping the identities of the persons involved confidential; creating a misdemeanor offense for a physician who intentionally and recklessly performs or induces an abortion in violation of this article; providing up to $4,000 fine upon conviction; and clarifying that no penalty may be assessed against a patient.