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MORNING BUZZ: Senators to debate 20-week abortion ban

Abortion bill up in the S.C. Senate

A bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy and later is heading for debate Thursday and a possible vote.

Democrats and Republicans said Wednesday that they were nearing a compromise that included exemptions for rape, incest, the life and physical health of the mother and severe fetal abnormalities – a term lawmakers were trying to define in the legislation.

Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Georgetown, said at one point the bill had 300 amendments on the desk, a sign that opponents intend to block it. However, a tall stack of amendments is not a sure sign the bill will not come up for a vote. If lawmakers reach a compromise, the amendments could be withdrawn quickly.

House panel to debate discrimination

A House panel will debate a bill that would prohibit discrimination by an employer based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. That discussion will occur immediately after the House adjourns in Blatt Room 516.