Lawmakers Squash South Carolina Bill To Outlaw Nearly All Abortions

May 4, 2018

A bill that would have outlawed nearly all abortions in South Carolina is no longer on the table.

The State newspaper reports early this morning Senate Republicans decided to send it back to a committee – killing it for the year. That was after a vote to end a filibuster by Democrats failed by one vote.

The bill would have banned all abortions in South Carolina except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother. The decision to scrap the bill was a reversal from Wednesday night. The Senate voted 28-to-10 that night to preliminarily approve the ban.  It was proposed by a Democrat who typically argues against abortion restrictions but wanted to put a poison pill in a bill that originally banned rare dismemberment abortions.

The South Carolina legislature finishes its regular session next Thursday.