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Bill banning abortion at 20 weeks heads to House

COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill banning abortion in South Carolina at 20 weeks of pregnancy and beyond is heading to the House floor.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-8 Tuesday to advance the proposal. Doctors who disregard the ban could be charged with a felony.

Sponsoring Rep. Wendy Nanney says she’s not concerned that a federal court has ruled a similar bill in Arizona as unconstitutional. Supporters say a more conservative federal court would handle a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s proposed law. They hope it eventually ends up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Opponents argue such a legal fight is an illogic use of taxpayer money. They contend such late-term abortions are rare and generally occur in wanted pregnancies that go horribly wrong.

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