South Carolina state senators have advanced a bill that would likely ban all abortions in South Carolina.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure in an 11 to 9 vote Tuesday.
The bill states that life begins at conception and at that moment, an embryo has all the rights as any other citizen. It's commonly called the "personhood bill."
Similar measures have been introduced over the past decade, and have failed to pass both here in South Carolina and in other conservative states. The bill would make no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
Abortion is currently banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy here in South Carolina.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster urged for lawmakers to pass the bill.
“We must do everything we can to protect the lives of South Carolinians, to include those of the born and unborn, young and old," McMaster said. "I believe that human life begins at conception, and I believe the people of South Carolina deserve for their laws to reflect the values they hold dear. I applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to move this important legislation forward and ask that the Senate pass it without delay.”