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SC Lede: Abortion Debate Deja Vu

Charleston Republican Sen. Sandy Senn speaks against the near-total abortion ban bill on April 26, 2023 in the S.C. Senate. Despite Republicans having a 30-seat majority in the chamber, the group was again unable to reach the 26 votes necessary to end a filibuster and pass the bill H. 3774. A six-week abortion ban bill, S. 374, previously passed the Senate in February, but has not been taken up by the House which insists on its bill that would ban abortion from the moment of conception onward with limited exceptions.
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Charleston Republican Sen. Sandy Senn speaks against the near-total abortion ban bill on April 26, 2023 in the S.C. Senate. Despite Republicans having a 30-seat majority in the chamber, the group was again unable to reach the 26 votes necessary to end a filibuster and pass the bill H. 3774. A six-week abortion ban bill, S. 374, previously passed the Senate in February, but has not been taken up by the House which insists on its bill that would ban abortion from the moment of conception onward with limited exceptions.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for April 29, 2023: the state Senate's failed attempt to pass a near-total abortion ban bill; updates from the 2024 presidential campaign trail; a school voucher bill is headed to Gov. Henry McMaster's desk; and more.

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Gavin Jackson graduated with a visual journalism degree from Kent State University in 2008 and has been in the news industry ever since. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana and most recently in South Carolina at the Florence Morning News and Charleston Post and Courier.