SC insurance abortion coverage stalls state budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina budget writers who deal with big numbers find themselves wrestling with a major policy issue - abortions under the state health insurance plan.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence says he's never seen abortion become such a central part of the state's budget debate.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper of Piedmont began to brief legislators Wednesday on his final compromise version of the $5 billion spending plan that takes effect July 1. Cooper says he's not sure the budget is the right place to talk about abortion in the state health insurance plan.

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