Five Republicans in the South Carolina state senate have joined the Democratic minority in rejecting an imminent ban on abortion, rejecting the ruling party’s intention to use a Supreme Court decision to overturn federal protections for the procedure.
Their opposition in a special session called Thursday to approve the sanctions bill passed earlier in the South Carolina House meant Republicans They did not have enough votes in the upper chamber, which they control 30-16, to end the filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey called a recess to debate the options after it became clear that a nearby abortion proposal could not pass, and Republicans had to settle instead on several changes to the state’s six-week ban.
They include reducing the time it takes pregnant rape victims to have an abortion from 20 weeks to about 12 weeks, and requiring that DNA from an aborted fetus be stored for law enforcement.
The bill now returns to the house, which passed a blanket ban on all but rape or sex.
The six-week statewide ban, meanwhile, is currently on hold while the South Carolina Supreme Court weighs whether it violates privacy laws.
One of the Republican opponents who opposed the measure was Tom Davis, the former head of governor Mark Sanford, who was joined by three female and one male colleagues.
Davis said he promised his daughters he wouldn’t vote to impose tougher restrictions.
“When we get pregnant we lose complete control of what’s going on in our bodies,” Davis said, recalling what her daughters told her.
“I’m here to tell you I won’t let it happen.”
And in Michigan, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday that voters will decide in November whether to amend the constitution to protect abortion rights. The move was a victory for pro-choice advocates who wanted options on midterm ballots.
In conservative Kansas last month, voters matter largely to protect abortion rightsthus fueling the hopes of Democrats to find a strong opposition across the country for the decision of the supreme court Roe v Wade.