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COLUMBIA (LifeSiteNews) – The South Carolina House voted 67-38 Tuesday on legislation to ban elective abortions with exceptions for rape and incest, after a version of the bill without the exceptions failed.

As originally drafted, H. 5399, the Human Life Protection Act, prohibited abortions except to prevent “the death of the pregnant woman,” a “substantial risk of death for the pregnant woman because of a physical condition,” or “the substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman, not including psychological or emotional conditions.” 

Abortionists who violate the law would face up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000, as well as revocation of their medical license.

CBS News reports that, after falling short by eight votes, the bill was amended to allow abortions up to 12 weeks if a woman tells a doctor she was raped, after which the doctor has 24 hours to report her claim to law enforcement. Some pro-lifers have expressed disappointment with the exception, while others framed it as the price of protecting any lives.

“But here’s the thing — at the end of the day we passed a good pro-life bill in South Carolina,” said Republican state Rep. John McCravy. The bill faces one more House vote before moving to the Senate for consideration.

South Carolina already has a heartbeat-based abortion ban on the books, which prohibits abortions as early as six weeks with similar exceptions. That measure is one of many state pro-life laws across the country that were allowed to take effect by the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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1.6 million Walmart employees will soon be pressured into supporting and seeking abortions thanks to Walmart’s new initiative pouring financial incentives into abortion-specific travel. 

According to CNBC, Walmart employees “and their family members who are insured through Walmart” will have abortion travel costs covered “if they cannot access a legal abortion within 100 miles of their location.”  

This is horrifying news, because this means that low-income workers will have virtually no excuse to refuse Walmart’s new abortion-related accommodations.  

Notice that Walmart is also making abortion virtually inescapable, funding abortion-travel when it's not accessible within a 100-mile radius. As a result, every female employee will be forced to at least consider seeking an abortion. 

Walmart's expanding abortion coverage also includes any instance "when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability.” This seems limited, but it’s actually an expansion of abortion coverage that is the beginning of a very dangerous slippery slope.

This is because the same CNBC report notes that Walmart “previously offered more limited abortion coverage.” 

Expansions are continuing in stages, with Walmart targeting their most vulnerable employees who find themselves in life’s darkest, most difficult moments.  

There is no private company who currently employs more Americans in the nation than Walmart, and whose abortion coverage will impact more people.

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READ: Here’s where abortion is banned or protected in post-Roe America, with interactive map

Across the country, abortion giant Planned Parenthood has suspended abortions and/or closed locations in reaction to the ruling, and pro-life attorneys general have declared their intentions to enforce their states’ duly-enacted abortion prohibitions.

But leftists prosecutors in dozens of localities have vowed not to enforce such laws, and pro-abortion activists have refocused efforts on supporting interstate travel for abortion and enshrining “rights” to abortion in state constitutions, ensuring that work and debate will continue over the prospect of banning abortion nationally. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has called for electing more Democrats to Congress to support codifying a “right” to abortion-on-demand in federal law.

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