Several bills on the table during the S.C. Legislature's regular session, which ended last week, pertained particularly to women. Here's a look at some of those that would affect females most, along with whether or not they passed.
This bill would increase the state-mandated delay prior to obtaining an abortion from one to 24 hours.
An early version of the bill called for two trips to the abortion provider, one for an ultrasound and one at least 24 hours later for the abortion.
The most recent version would require a 24-hour wait after certain reading materials are received.
512: Violence against women
This bill would bring South Carolina into compliance with the federal Violence Against Women Act. That includes making it illegal for a person who is subject to a restraining order to ship, transport, possess or receive a firearm or ammunition.
It would also require the Department of Health and Environmental Control to advise victims who test positively for HIV or Hepatitis B of medical treatment options.
4522: Human trafficking
This bill would provide penalties for human trafficking and restitution for victims. It would require the state to develop plans for housing and counseling victims, and would establish an interagency task force to develop and implement a plan for the prevention of human trafficking.
4202: Human trafficking
This bill would add human trafficking to the list of violent crimes. It would classify the offense as a Class A felony, and include human trafficking as a statutory aggravating circumstance of murder for which a person may receive the death penalty.
Passed: Yes, pending action by the governor at time of press.
3543: Teen dating violence
This bill would require the state Department of Education to develop a model dating violence policy that would assist school districts in developing their own policies for reporting and responding to dating violence. It also would require school districts to inform parents or guardians of their policies.