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South Carolina Republicans Remove Exceptions For Rape And Incest From Abortion Bill

South Carolina Senate Republicans on Tuesday advanced a “heartbeat” abortion bill after the lawmakers removed exceptions for rape and incest, The Post and Courier reported Tuesday night.

The bill, which would ban abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected, passed the committee by a 4-3 vote, according to the newspaper.

Republicans voted to remove the exceptions after they were included in a House bill that passed that chamber in a 70-31 vote earlier this year.

The measure is expected to advance through the full Senate committee when it hears the bill next month. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) has said he would sign the bill into law if it were to reach his desk.

Under the proposed legislation, doctors who perform abortions after a heartbeat is detected would face criminal charges.

State Sen. Richard Cash (R), who proposed removing the exceptions for rape and incest from the bill, said the committee was not overly concerned about rape and incest.

“I understand the feelings ran high on both sides, but each chamber has to do its own duty,” Cash said after the subcommittee vote, according to the Post and Courier.

Cash was unfazed by a federal court recently striking down a similar law that was passed in Georgia.

“If we’re going to just base our decisions on what a court might say, we won’t do much,” Cash said.


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