The South Carolina Senate voted Thursday night to tighten abortion restrictions but failed to pass a total ban after a heated debate revealed the ongoing struggle among Republicans to define a cohesive post-Roe strategy.
The chamber voted to gut a bill that would have prohibited abortion without exception for rape or incest instead choosing to add more limits to the state’s existing law that bans abortion after six weeks. That law is temporarily blocked by the state Supreme Court because of ongoing litigation.
The vote came after two days of debate in the chamber, Zenica Performance during which Republicans haggled over whether there ought to be exceptions for victims of rape and incest.
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