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South Carolina lawmakers push for more restrictions on abortions

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"So we do recognize that life begins before birth in a turtle egg. Why don't we do that for humans?" "So we do recognize that life begins before birth in a turtle egg. Why don't we do that for humans?"
"I'm pro-choice. I believe that it's the choice of the mother and her family are her situation. I don't believe it should be anyone else's choice" "I'm pro-choice. I believe that it's the choice of the mother and her family are her situation. I don't believe it should be anyone else's choice"

By: Lauren Hoar

A South Carolina bill is being debated in the house that would limit the amount of time a woman has to have an abortion. The current law allows abortions until the third trimester. The proposed fetal pain bill would limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Proponents believe the latest bill was inhumane.

Representative Wendy Nanney, who is in favor of the bill, says science has come a long way since Roe v.Wade, the supreme court case that legalized abortions in the U.S.

 

Nanney says the state has an obligation to protect children once they're out of the womb and in the womb shouldn't be any different.

"If she had chosen abstinence, she wouldn't be pregnant but she did have a choice. Now there's a whole separate life involved, separate DNA and the state is compelled to protect life" said Nanney.

Nanney says the state already recognizes life before birth in other species like loggerhead turtles.

"The loggerhead turtles come in and lay their eggs in Hilton Head. If you mess with a turtle nest in Hilton Head it's a 56 year prison sentence and $390,000 fine. So we do recognize that life begins before birth in a turtle egg. Why don't we do that for humans?" asked Nanney.

Many agree with the bill but one USC student doesn't.

"I'm pro-choice. I believe that it's the choice of the mother and her family are her situation. I don't believe it should be anyone else's choice" said Sarah Jane Strong.

Right now, no one is sure when the debate will end and vote will be held.

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