Pro-life, anti-abortion organizations sound off after abortion bill dies

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Pro-life and anti-abortion organizations are sounding off after a bill that that would have banned most abortions was killed by the South Carolina Senate.

The vote was 24-21.

The abortion bill died around 1 a.m. on Friday after an hours long filibuster by opponents of the bill.

Leading the filibuster was Charleston Democratic Senator Marlon Kimpson who held the floor for more than six hours.

The bill would have banned most abortions except in cases of incest or rape, or if the mother's life is in danger.

Senators sent the bill to committee.

"Obviously my reaction is disappointment, supreme disappointment," said Alex Palyo who is with the organizations Pro-Life Charleston and 40 Days to Life. "We're in a very conservative state and we have a pretty conservative legislature and yet they managed to put this thing on hold again for another session."

The organization Planned Parenthood was pleased with the senate's vote.

No one was available for an on camera interview.

However, Planned Parenthood issued a statement.

It read in part:

We are disappointed in the anti-women's health politicians who demonstrated complete disregard for the real-world circumstances that women and their families face throughout this session and in yesterday's debate.

We commend the legislative allies who stood up for all women and families on the senate floor yesterday to make clear that reproductive health care decisions must be made by women and their doctors-not by politicians.

"It's gonna be a political issue, but it's not a political issue," Palyo said. "This is actually a human rights issue and we can't seem to agree that life at any stage is priceless and invaluable."

So while it appears the abortion bill is dead for now, the debate is still very much alive.

Gov. Henry McMaster has gone on record saying he would sign the bill into law if it passed the legislature.

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