Lawmakers Squash South Carolina Bill To Outlaw Nearly All Abortions

Lawmakers Squash South Carolina Bill To Outlaw Nearly All Abortions

Lawmakers Squash South Carolina Bill To Outlaw Nearly All Abortions

South Carolina's Senate has effectively killed a ban on nearly all abortions in the state.

Faced with that reality, the Democratic minority did the only thing they could-they filibustered.

The bill would have outlawed all abortions except for those ending pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or in cases where continuing the pregnancy would pose a health risk to the woman. The ban was placed on a bill that originally made illegal just a rare procedure called dismemberment abortion.

State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, held the floor for upwards of six hours as he filibustered the measure Thursday.

A bill that would have outlawed almost all abortions in SC is no longer on the table.

Members of a Senate subcommittee voted Wednesday in favor of a joint resolution limiting House and Senate members to serving only 12 years in either chamber. It needed 26 votes. The so-called fetal heartbeat bill would ban abortions in Iowa when a physician can detect a fetal heartbeat. If passed, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in the nation.

"It's created to give the court an opportunity to revisit Roe v. Wade", said Senate majority leader Shane Massey (R-Edgefield), according to The StateSen.

To pass the bill, the committee would have to revise it, send it back to the Senate and then back to the House before the end of the legislative session.

If his proposal had passed, Hutto said he'd be giving Republicans what they wanted: the most direct way to challenge the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned state bans on abortions.

In addition, state Republicans are divided on whether to embrace the bill. They haven't dealt with several pressing issues including bills dealing with a $9 billion debacle after two utilities abandoned 10 years of planning and construction of two nuclear reactors.

The Senate has been debating a bill banning "dismemberment abortions", which are late-term abortions in which the fetus is pulled apart and removed piece-by-piece.

He also claimed that banning abortion was "clearly unconstitutional", and that he hoped voting on an outright abortion ban would "get it to the courts so we don't have to keep debating it over and over and over".

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