September 22, 2023

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Abortion: Unexpected wins for pro-choice voters in two conservative states

Nebraska and South Carolina were expected to join the conservative ranks in the coming days Roe v. Wade By the US Supreme Court. However, to the surprise of both pro-abortionists and anti-abortionists, efforts in this direction by Republican lawmakers from both states failed Thursday.

In Nebraska, a bill to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy failed to get the 33 votes needed to break a deadlock in the Senate (dead ends) Republican Senator Merv Riepe refused to cast the required 33rd vote by abstaining from voting. According to Report Of the Associated Press, he worried that the six-week ban would not give women enough time to find out they were pregnant. She defeated an amendment that would have pushed back the ban from 12 weeks of pregnancy.

In South Carolina, a bill to ban all abortions except in cases of rape and sexual intercourse, Abandoned In the face of the threat of dead ends Created by five Republican senators, including three women. Tom Davis, one of the Republicans, says he has promised his daughters that he will oppose the speech. “Once we’re conceived, we lose all control over what happens in our bodies,” Senator Davis recalled her daughters telling her. “I came to say that I will not let that happen. »

In Nebraska, lawmakers can’t change the status quo until the 2024 session. This means abortion is legal in this Great Plains state up to 22 weeks into pregnancy. In South Carolina, a law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy has been suspended by the state Supreme Court to determine its constitutionality. Pending a decision, abortion is legal at this stage up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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