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A special S.C. House committee voted 9-3 Tuesday to ban almost all abortions except when the life of the mother is at risk. The new proposal does not include incest or rape as exceptions, according to the Associated Press.

While South Carolina currently has a law banning abortions after six weeks with some exceptions, the new measure would eliminate most abortions in the state. According to one published report, “Under the proposal, anyone who provides or pays for an abortion that’s not a medical emergency — whether surgically or through medication — can be fined $10,000 and sent to prison for up to two years. Doctors could also lose their medical license.”  

Meanwhile, a Greenville county council member has suggested banning protests outside of residences as a response to protests outside of a U.S. Supreme Court justice’s home after overturning last month of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

Today in the new issue of the Charleston City Paper:

Vasectomies may have rosier future. With abortions mostly off the table now in South Carolina, there’s been more interest among males in a birth control option, according to Charleston-area doctors and media reports.

A look at Charleston’s colorful world of tattoos. This story takes a look at the art of tattooing by three Charleston-area artists. Interesting story.

In other recent news:

Senate confirms Childs for federal appellate court. U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs of South Carolina, who was on President Biden’s short list to be appointed to the Supreme Court, was confirmed to sit on a powerful federal appellate court by the U.S. Senate Tuesday. The vote was 64-34.

Bond hearing to be held today in Walterboro in Murdaugh case.  Disbarred, prominent former lawyer Alex Murdaugh, in jail since October over financial crimes, faces a bond hearing today in Colleton County charges he murdered his wife and son.

More Covid cases, deaths reported in S.C. State health officials reported 13 deaths and 13,722 new cases of Covid over the last week, an increase of more than 500 new cases from the previous week. Meanwhile, The State newspaper reports Covid cases are rising among young S.C. children. 

HOT: Dangerous heat levels projected over next week. Dangerous heat levels are projected in parts of the U.S. over the next week, including along the South Carolina coast as temperatures could soar over 100 degrees today through Friday.

2024: Haley teases about presidential bid in N.C. event. Former Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday said “sometimes it takes a woman” in a question related to whether she would shred a deal with Iran if she were president.

Graham’s grand jury appearance heads back in Georgia. While lawyers were set yesterday to hear the case of whether U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina should appear in front of a grand jury investigating 2020 election shenanigans, the case moved back to Georgia. The agreement reportedly includes wording for Graham to appear in Atlanta, but preserve his legal challenge to a subpoena.

Historic inn sells for nearly $7.7 million. Two Meeting Street Inn, a romantic getaway for visitors to Charleston, has been sold to a real estate investment firm that owns the developer of Kiawah Island.

Charleston OKs King Street business district. The new King Street Business Improvement District will impose a fee on King Street businesses between Broad and Line streets.

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