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Abortion rights supporters call on Haley to veto bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters are calling on Republican Gov. Nikki Haley to veto a bill banning most abortions in South Carolina past 19 weeks.

About 50 people chanted “Stop the Ban!” during a rally Tuesday outside the Statehouse. Signs carried by protesters included those reading “Keep the elephant out of the womb” and “Don’t tread on me” next to a drawing of a uterus.

The Legislature gave final approval to the measure last week. It allows exceptions only if the mother’s life is in jeopardy or a doctor determines the fetus can’t survive outside the womb.

Haley has said she’ll almost certainly sign the bill. It will reach her desk after the leaders of both chambers ceremoniously sign it.

Seven Democratic legislators who fought the bill addressed the rally.

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