South Carolina Advances Measure Banning Abortions In Cases Of Rape Or Incest

A measure that would eliminate a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion through the South Carolina state health plan if she’s a victim of rape or incest was passed unanimously by a South Carolina Senate panel on Tuesday. The clause, which was included within the 2012-2013 budget, allows for just one exception — “when the mother’s life is in jeopardy.” Opponents argue that the measure re-traumatizes the crime victim, but Republican Sen. Ken Bryant claims the proposal protects the rights of the unborn child. A similar clause was approved by the House during a budget debate in 2010, but was removed by the Senate. Fatima Najiy