Rape, incest exception added to SC abortion bill

South Carolina News
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A House committee has added an exception for rape and incest to a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The House Judiciary Committee approved Tuesday the amendment offered by Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of Charleston.

The original version of the bill only provided exceptions if the woman’s life was at risk or it there is a risk of irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

Democratic Rep. Justin Bamberg plans to offer amendments to the legislation saying he is trying to find ways to improve a bill that will inevitably pass out of committee. Opponents say the bill isn’t constitutional.

The meeting has been going on more than three hours.

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