Abortion bills among those not meeting SC deadline

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Bills that would outlaw abortion and strengthen South Carolina's open records law are among those unlikely to survive.

Legislation that didn't advance from one chamber to the other by Thursday has little chance of becoming law this year.

Beginning next week, bills require a two-thirds vote to even be considered by the other chamber for the session that ends June 5. That's a high hurdle for contested measures. Since this is the end of a two-year session, bills that don't pass this year officially die.

Several anti-abortion bills didn't make it across. So-called "personhood" bills would have outlawed abortion outright by granting legal rights at fertilization. Another not meeting the crossover deadline sought to close abortion clinics by requiring doctors who perform them to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

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