- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill that bans abortion past 19 weeks in South Carolina is almost certainly dead for the year.

The House returned the bill to the Senate Wednesday after removing exemptions that chamber added for cases of rape, incest and severe fetal abnormalities. The Senate defined those circumstances as anomalies that make it improbable the child could live after birth without machines.

If the House had agreed to the Senate version, the bill would have headed to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. Instead, it is headed toward a committee of six legislators who will attempt to work out the differences.

That will be difficult, and the committee appears unlikely to even meet this year. The Senate must take another vote first. Thursday is the last day of the regular session.

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