The Latest: S Carolina abortion ban failure teaches lessons

May 4, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina’s Senate rejecting a ban on nearly all abortions (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

After a proposal to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina failed, supporters and opponents of the bill are trying to find lessons from the debate.

South Atlantic Planned Parenthood said the decision by senators to send the bill back to committee just after midnight Thursday after a daylong Democratic filibuster shows there are strong leaders willing to put the people of South Carolina above politics.

South Carolina Citizens for Life executive director Holly Gatling said the vote was a setback for unborn children.

Gatling says the bill was doomed when Republicans let a Democrat shift the argument from outlawing a rare procedure called dismemberment abortion to a bill that could have been read as even banning birth control.


6 a.m.

South Carolina’s Senate has effectively killed a ban on almost all abortions in the state.

Local media report that lawmakers voted 24-21 early Friday morning to return the bill to committee, effectively ending its chances for passage. Five Republicans joined the Democrats on the vote.

Democrats filibustered hours against the measure, which would only have allowed abortions in cases of rape, incest or risk of the mother’s life.

Republicans had hoped some Democrats would give up and leave the chamber, giving the GOP the three-fifths majority needed to shut down the filibuster and pass the bill.

But no Democrats left, with some canceling travel and vacation plans to remain in Columbia. All 45 eligible senators were present for the 1 a.m. vote Friday.