South Carolina senators reject giving special status to anti-abortion bill

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina senators have rejected an attempt to debate legislation aimed at banning abortion.

A motion Wednesday to put the so-called “personhood” measure on special debate status failed after a senator who opposes abortion argued it would actually damage the cause.

The measure would ask voters if the state constitution should say that citizens’ legal rights begin at conception. Sponsoring GOP Sen. Lee Bright said constituents deserve a floor debate.

But Sen. Chip Campsen says it’s the wrong strategy for opposing abortion. The Isle of Palms Republican says that while he believes life begins at conception, the proposal has no reasonable chance of outlawing abortion.

The attorney says a legal challenge could lead to the state’s existing limitations on abortion being thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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