CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates on a procedural vote narrowly defeated a pro-life bill Tuesday.  A move to discharge the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act from committee and move it to the House floor failed on a tie vote, 48-48.

The legislation prohibits abortions after 20 weeks.  After that point, the pro-life movement argues, the unborn child is able to feel pain.

The decision by pro-life members of the House to try move the bill came on West Virginians for Life Day at the Legislature.  Pro-life advocates sat in the House chamber and watched the debate.

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) took to the floor after the vote to express his disappointment.

“We’re in the vast minority of states that have not taken a step to ensure that children may no longer be aborted when they are capable of feeling pain,” Armstead said.

Pro-life supporters erupted in applause after Amstead’s speech, causing House Speaker Tim Miley to rap his gavel several times and call for order.

A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

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  • Cynara

    Ok, all of you pro-life folks on here yapping--put your money where your mouth is and go volunteer to be a foster parent, or even better, and adoptive parent for troubled, unwanted kids.

    Hello, hello,...? Yep, just crickets....

  • Willena

    It was necessary in order to get all of the technical features out of the way. Intel Core i3 powered laptops usually are faster than AMD based laptops but also have longer battery life.

  • Don

    Complete list of Delegates who voted to kill this bill and their email addresses at

    • CaptainQ

      Thanks for information, Don!

      I think everyone (on either side of the issue) needs to see how their elected representatives voted on this.

  • Jeremy Bauserman

    It will pass the House of Delegates a year from now once the GOP majority is running things in that chamber.

  • George Wallace

    It is a sad day when politicians who say they're pro-life and vote to continue butchering babies after 20 weeks.

  • rick

    Abortion is at it's lowest rate since 1972 but politicians continue to pander to their right wing base by proposing laws against practices that are not done.

  • mntr bob

    "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born." Ronald Reagan

    • Plopaganda

      Just because someone is for abortion rights doesn't mean they plan to have one. It also doesn't mean that their parents had to have been against abortion.

    • Frank in Ohio

      If you are for the CONSTITUTION of the US, then you should be in favor of Roe vs. Wade.

      Realistically, all of WV Legislature is doing is wasting money. Wasting money on a bill that will get struck down in court.

      GOP Hypocracy #1 - What is sad is that once a kid is born, anyone from Ronald Reagan to Mike Huckabee tend to wipe their hands of the situation and tell the mother (who they don't want to let abort) & child (who they were happy to see born) - "Hey kid, wanted you on this earth, but good luck finding adequate healthcare, nutrition, & education.

      GOP Hypocracy # 2 - Right Wingers will complain about "welfare" people "working the system" by having all these kids. Well, you want that situation to be worse by taking away Abortion? Thanks for that!

      • Nettie

        Perhaps you have not read Roe vs. Wade. It restricts anyone from stopping any abortion in the first trimester. But, it allows states to regulate the use of abortion in the second. Many states have and do limit abortions during the second trimester, without having such laws struck down in court. WV should do the right thing and do the same. I have seen many 20 week babies prematurely born at that age and survive. It should not be legal to kill these innocent babies. PS. I am a GOP and believe in making sure adequate healthcare, nutrition and education are available for all. There are hypocrites on both sides of the aisle.

  • Michael

    Republican theatrics is what happened today. Stop playing around with house rules all the time and WORK ON THE WATER BILL!!!!!

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    • Frank in Ohio

      You are absolutely right... GOP would rather kids get poisoned at ages 7-17.

      By the way.. I was happy to see the EPA didn't visit the state that didn't want them.

      See when MOST West Virginians complain about too much government, then you wonder where they are when you need them. All the EPA did was listen to your complaints and abide by what you asked for all along!

      • WV

        Why do you care about WV politics? Stay in Ohio if you have a problem with it.

  • Dr G

    Just Curious.
    Where can we find out who voted and what way?

    • Interesting123

      You can check the status of all bills on the WV Legislature website as well as check who voted for or against.

  • Barry Bledsoe

    It totally amazes me how many of these politicians will campaign on being "pro-life" yet not help pro-life bills move forward. And I wonder how many of these same politicians may have gotten an endorsement from the WVFL?

    • Frank in Ohio

      I wouldn't want my significant other to have an abortion, but believe that it was ruled on by the Supreme Court.

      If you want to spread the word of Pro-Life through the "word of God", then please feel free. But to spread the ProLife message by Bombings, Murders, & wasting West Virginian's money, then please check your moral compass at the door of one of your own sins that will allow St. Peter to tell you, "NO, you can't go in!"

      • Jonesy

        Frank, I don't know why you are so angry. In regards to your comments about bombs and murders, I don't remember any reports of that happening on Pro Life Day. Maybe you were confused with Iraq or Afghanistan.
        As far as the other earlier comment you made about pro life hypocrisy in regards to taking care of the child and the parents after birth there are many organizations that are pro life who do work with the parents to raise and nurture their child. This would include working with the parents to help them know the importance of reading to and playing with their children and seeing that they are provided for and get to a doctor when necessary. If that can not work out for the biological parents I know of pro life couples who are foster parents and adoptive parents of kids from troubled homes.
        So where do the pro aborts fit in to the picture of a crisis pregnancy than to offer the "solution" of a dead baby? What do you have to offer to a woman who after sometimes many years is still grieving over the loss of her child through abortion? Can you give me the name of the pro abort organization that would offer any help at all other than to push to have an abortion? I will look for your answer.
        In the meantime I hope you feel better and your anger cools off.

        • Jason412

          I'm not trying to jump in your debate as I don't have a hard stance for pro-life or pro-choice but foster care is an issue that hits close to home. Jonesy do you really think foster homes are a good solution?

          It's something like 20,000 kids each year age out of foster care after they are bounced from foster home to foster home their entire lives.

          The fact there's over 100,000 kids in foster care waiting to be adopted shows there's obviously not enough pro-life couples willing to adopt. While some of those foster parents are great people, far to many are not and the amount of sexual and physical abuse in the foster care system is alarming to say the least.

          Around 15% of those kids spend their entire childhood growing up in group homes, which in my experience is closer to a juvenile detention facility then a loving home. You mention women grieving for years after an abortion, what about the children who grow up in group homes who deal with severe emotional issues their entire lives?

          Either change the system or continue to let women have the choice. If there was a better system and each and every child found a loving home I feel I would be all for pro-life, but sadly we don't have a system like that.

          • Nettie

            Your comment makes me curious to know how many of those who have grown up in the foster system would, if asked, say it would have been better if they had never been born. Because I think that is what you are suggesting. I hope not many would. While there are not enough families to adopt the older children, there are not enough babies available for adoption in this country for those who would take them. Adopting an older child usually takes a great deal of resources to deal with emotional and behavioral problems such children typically have. (And I have seen this first hand in our family.) I think the fear of that keeps potential families away. The responsible thing is for unwanted children to be given up for adoption as babies, not killed in the womb or poorly kept until they are older and less adoptable.

          • Jonesy

            The problems you have cited have not improved since Roe v Wade & Doe V Bolton. The have continually got worse. If abortion were a legit solution then the stats would show a large improvement since 1973. This is not the case. Abortion is a symptom to a deeper underlying problem. As well as abuse and the emotional issues from fragmented families. What I am saying is that I will do what I can to help and I know of others who have done a lot of good to make a difference. Can I stop world hunger or the wars that rage all over the world? No, but I will look to reach out to those who are in my vicinity in order to do what I can instead of just pointing at failures and cursing the darkness.

    • Fairmont Resident

      Are you out of jail already?