The South Carolina House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit abortions in almost all circumstances in a 13-7 vote that was largely along party lines, The Hill reports.
The bill would ban abortions in the Palmetto State except in cases where the life or health of the mother is at risk.
“The No. 1 thing that this bill does is to end the practice of abortion being used as birth control in our state,” Republican state Rep. John McCravy, who helped craft the bill, said at Tuesday’s hearing.
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