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SC legislators reject rape, incest abortion ban

Mar 17, 2010 12:11:00 AM - thestate.com
South Carolina legislators Wednesday rejected plans to ban abortions in the state's health insurance plan in cases of rape or incest or when they're needed to protect a mother's health.

The late night debate and 57-54 vote came in the midst of discussion a $5 billion spending plan that left the House Ways and Means Committee last month with the abortion ban.

Democrats railed against it then and again Wednesday.

"This is a misguided attempt and a misguided effort to do what some believe is right," said state Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Denmark Democrat.

He said the Republicans pushing the measure couldn't understand the gravity of what they were doing. "When you are that person that is pinned down in the back alley and raped; when you are that person that is actually assaulted sexually by your father - this is not a time for us to play political games. This is not the time for me to say my God is better than yours. This is a time to do what is right," Sellers said.

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