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West Virginia Passes Abortion Ban: 'A culture that values ​​life unites and unites us'

Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling Charleston, Virginia, and Cathy Burton, the new director of the social ministry of Wheeling Charleston Parish, August 29, 2020. (CNS Photo/Colleen Rowan, Spirit of Catholicism)

Wheeling, Wisconsin – Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling Charleston and West Virginia’s pro-life leader applauded the state legislature’s Sept. 13 passing of an abortion ban.

A bill that would ban most abortions in the state, with a few exceptions, is now awaiting Gov. Jim Justice’s signature.

HB 302 passed the Senate 22-7 and the House 78-17.

“The actions taken by elected officials to provide greater legal protection for unborn children are important steps in fostering a culture of integrity living in the Mountain States,” Bishop Brennan said in a statement.

“It is clear that much remains to be done to soften hearts and create a society that respects and protects all human life,” he continued. “It is clear that the personal and societal wounds of long-permissible abortions under the Low government will take time to heal.”

As a state, he prayed, “We will continue to move toward these morals and just end it.”

Bishop Brennan told legislators to “provide adequate resources to support women and children, expand access to quality and affordable childcare, promote paid maternity and family leave, It has encouraged us to continue to steer us in that direction by better protecting victims of domestic violence: by facilitating and facilitating adoption and addressing food insecurity.”

“A culture that values ​​life unites us and unites us.

Bishop Brennan took his commitment to building a culture of living and promoting outreach to pregnant women and mothers in need in West Virginia a step further in August, appointing Kathy Burton to the parish’s Ministry of Social Affairs as the new Added as a director.

She began her work on August 8, focusing on abortion and other pro-life issues. Among her other outreach initiatives, Burton has helped parishes create ministries within their communities to assist pregnant women facing difficulties, as well as after the baby is born. We provide support.

“These women are missing,” Burton told The Catholic Spirit, the parish newspaper, in early September. And why can’t the church be a place where we welcome them in a loving, non-judgmental way, because the only way to save a child is to save a mother’s heart.”

With the Governor’s signature, this bill will become law in West Virginia immediately. The bill would prohibit abortion “except by reasoned medical judgment of a licensed health care professional.” An ectopic pregnancy exists. or a medical emergency exists.

West Virginians for Life also celebrated the bill.

“Today, the West Virginia legislature passed legislation that will save the lives of thousands of babies here in West Virginia,” said Wanda Franz, president of the organization, in a news release from the group. “WVFL thanks pro-life legislators for supporting the protection of all human life.”

“For years, the people of West Virginia have fought tirelessly to protect their unborn children,” West Virginia Rep. Sadie Shields said in a news release. We are witnessing hard work become the law that saves lives.