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CHARLESTON — Out of 17 total speakers, five men were the lone voices of support during a public hearing on Monday for a piece of legislation that would further limit abortion access in West Virginia.

House Bill 4004 would ban abortions, except in cases of medical emergency or “severe fetal abnormality,” at 15 weeks. Current state law outlaws abortions past 20 weeks. The only abortion care provider in the state, the West Virginia Women’s Health Center, offers abortions until the 16-week mark.

Caity Coyne covers health for HD Media. She can be reached at 304-348-7939 or caity.coyne@hdmediallc.com. Follow @CaityCoyne on Twitter.

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