U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and Democratic challenger Dr. Annie Andrews clashed in a televised debate Wednesday over abortion rights, gun restrictions and gender-affirming care for children. Throughout the sparring, they tried to paint the other as too extreme.

Mace said she is pro-life, but supports exceptions for race, incest, health of the mother and fetal abnormalities. She used her own case as a rape survivor as an example to appeal to women. Andrews said she supported abortion up until viability, or up to 24 weeks, something she said is widely agreed upon among medical professionals. 

The two also sparred over child safety, including gun laws, gender-affirming surgeries and transitioning. Mace argued that children under 18 shouldn’t be allowed to make life-changing decisions they may later regret, but Andrews said rhetoric like that is what causes many teens to suffer from mental health issues. 

The debate was the first and only one between the two candidates before the Nov. 8 election. Absentee voting across the state is available for those eligible, while early voting will begin Oct. 24, according to media reports

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S.C. Supreme Court hears arguments in case against 6-week abortion ban. The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over the extent of the right to privacy in the proposed six week abortion ban. 

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College of Charleston extends Hsu’s contract. The College of Charleston’s Board of Trustees have extended President Andrew Hsu’s contract to 2027.

MUSC reports large hospitalization of children with respiratory disease. High numbers of children and infants in the intensive-care unit and emergency rooms with respiratory diseases have been reported by MUSC officials.

Plans for James Island development under review. The City of Charleston’s Planning and Commission will review plans for a new residential development on James Island. The development has low-lying wetlands and high ground, which has become a concern among residents for potential flooding issues.

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