SC legislators approve compromise on abortion bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Legislature has approved a compromise on an abortion bill after House Republicans dropped a provision requiring women to make two trips to the clinic.

It expands women's wait period from one hour to a day after receiving information on the procedure. But it no longer ties the clock to an ultrasound at the abortion clinic, as House GOP members insisted.

The House and Senate voted late Wednesday to adopt the agreement.

Democrats applauded the bill's seeming demise two weeks ago, saying the two-trip requirement would be a burden, especially on poor women in rural areas.

Women still must wait an hour at the clinic after their ultrasound. But they can download time-stamped material from a state Web site to meet the 24-hour rule.

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