Bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks advances in Columbia

Published: Apr. 2, 2015 at 2:35 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A bill banning abortion after a woman is 20 weeks pregnant advanced Wednesday in Columbia.

Abortion is currently legal in South Carolina in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some lawmakers want that time frame shortened.

The bill originated in the house in February, and on Wednesday, a senate sub-committee voted 3-2 to move it down the line to the full-committee.

Last year, this bill hit a snag in the full senate. They will vote on the bill in about two weeks. It will still have to go through the full-senate to officially become an act.

If the abortion bill is signed into law, certain extenuating circumstances would make it legal for a woman to have the medical procedure after 20 weeks of being pregnant. Lawmakers say rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, and if the mother's health is at risk, are cases where the pregnancy could be terminated.

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