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South Carolina GOP Passes 6-Week Abortion Ban, Sends Bill to Republican Governor’s Desk

HeadlineMay 24, 2023

In South Carolina, Republican lawmakers have approved legislation banning abortions after just six weeks of pregnancy. The bill now heads to Republican Governor Henry McMaster, who said he will sign it into law “as soon as possible.” The measure includes limited exceptions for fatal fetal anomalies; the patient’s life and health; and rape and incest survivors, who can seek an abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. The latter would require doctors to report the procedure to law enforcement. The bill passed after a filibuster led by five women state senators, including three Republicans, failed to block it.

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