SC lawmakers approve abortion ban in health plan

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators have barred the state's health insurance plan from covering abortions in cases of rape or incest, but allowed a limited exception when the mother's life is in danger.

The House pulled an all-nighter into Thursday on the state's $5 billion spending plan.

Legislators reverted to the abortion issue after rejecting the ban 57-54 late Tuesday.

They approved letting the state pay if an abortion was an "incidental" effect of a doctor trying to save a mother's life, if the doctor was trying to save both. Democrats called the vague language ridiculous.

Democrats accused their Republican counterparts of playing God, and imposing a religious viewpoint on others. Republicans argued it's an ethical issue, and that a child should not pay for a father's crime.

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