COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy has stalled in the state Senate, with lawmakers raising concerns that the bill also bans contraception.
A Medical Affairs subcommittee postponed a vote Wednesday. Senators said the bill is too broad. Debate will likely continue later this month.
The bill that passed the House last month asserts a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks old. Supporters argue the procedure is cruel and painful after 19 weeks. Opponents say whether a fetus can feel pain at that stage is questionable.
Under the bill, doctors who disregard the ban could be charged with a felony. It provides an exception only when the mother's life is endangered.
Opponents say the bill violates the Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion.
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