The S.C. House on Tuesday passed a new ban on abortion with two exclusions after a stronger version of the bill with no exceptions was rejected initially by eight votes.
Following complex procedural measures to save the proposal, anti-abortion lawmakers regrouped and the chamber voted 67-38 on a new ban with exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.
Under the new proposal, which still needs approval by the state Senate, the exceptions are allowed for up to 12 weeks after conception. South Carolina currently has a fetal heartbeat ban after about six weeks with some exceptions.
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