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Abortion Ban Halted in South Carolina After GOP Members Defect to Dems

On Thursday, a near-total abortion ban was reportedly shot down by the South Carolina state Senate.

This came after the five female senators in the chamber mounted a filibuster against the bill that lasted for several days.

As the only five women in the state Senate, three Republicans, a Democrat, and an Independent banded together to thwart the proposed legislation, which would have prohibited abortions from the moment of conception onward, with the exception of circumstances involving rape, incest, fatal fetal anomalies, or the need to save the life of the mother.

On Thursday, a vote of 22-21 determined that the bill should not pass.

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June of this past year, this is the third time that a nearly comprehensive abortion ban has failed to pass the South Carolina house that is majority-controlled by Republicans.

South Carolina law does not restrict access to abortions until a woman is 22 weeks pregnant.

However, earlier this year, the state Senate approved a bill that prohibits abortions after a fetal age of approximately six weeks.

The House of Representatives of South Carolina has chosen to not take action on the measure as of yet.

The move is likely to be seen by many as a major betrayal of the pro-life movement.

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