COLUMBIA - 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.