After months of controversy, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that: ban abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. The bill includes several exceptions, including rape and incest provisions that apply for up to 12 weeks.
Gov. Henry McMaster said he would sign the bill into law as soon as possible. If signed into law, Virginia will be the only remaining southern state that allows relatively unrestricted abortions up to the 26th week of pregnancy.
Just five women in the state Senate, who call themselves “Sister Senators,” have banded together to oppose the six-week ban, but one Republican said it was “controlling women.” rice field.
“I actually cried this morning,” Republican Senator Sandy Sen said. I feel like that,” he said with tears in his eyes.
“We are all women. We are all mothers. And you know, it’s a very strong bond,” said independent Senator Mia McLeod.
“Never before in the history of our state have five women served at the same time,” McLeod added. “Agree [women] Stronger than ever. But we need help. ”
Democratic Senator Margie Bright Matthews said, “I like to think that South Carolina can be a beacon of the fact that we can indeed find common ground with the people across the aisle.”
Sen said she felt she could have held the event if there were three more women in addition to the Democrats.
Republican Senator Katrina Seeley agreed, saying, “We have to keep our seats, we have to fight hard to keep women, we have to get more women in the Senate.”
Republican Sen. Penry Gustafson said her message to the nation was “You don’t have to be ugly to push your cause, to push your cause, to push your bill. You don’t have to be controversial.” ‘ said.
When asked if there was any hope, McLeod replied, “Yes, yes. Of course we are. We are warriors. We are all here because we are not afraid to fight.”
Seeley agreed. “Nobody got here easily,” she said.
Democratic Senator Margie Bright Matthews said, “We live to fight again someday.”