Thursday, March 22, 2007


South Carolina women required to see ultrasound before abortion

COLUMBIA - Women seeking abortions in South Carolina would have to see ultrasound images of their fetuses under a measure that received key approval from lawmakers Wednesday.

The Republican-dominated House passed the proposal 91-23 after a contentious debate that included the defeat of two amendments that would have exempted victims of rape or incest from having to view the images.

"Are you saying God makes mistakes with the lives he creates?" said Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester, the bill's chief sponsor.

It would be the first law of its kind in the nation. Some states make ultrasound images available to women before an abortion, but South Carolina would be alone in mandating that women see the pictures.

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