After Democrats put up 1,000 amendments in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to derail a bill requiring student athletes to compete on teams that correspond to their gender at birth, the House gave passes to controversial abortion and teaching bills, according to observers.
“We got bogged down. People just didn’t want to go through another in-depth debate,” Spartanburg County GOP Rep. Rita Allison told The Post and Courier. “Knowing the number of amendments that were on it and where that would keep us and how long we’d be here, a lot of people just didn’t have the appetite for it, on both sides.”
House lawmakers decided not to take up the abortion and teaching bills before the so-called “crossover deadline.” After April 10, bills in one chamber have to receive a supermajority to be considered by the other, which means controversial measures have a tougher time moving forward “after crossover.”
The anti-abortion proposal would have required women using an abortion pill to end a pregnancy to read a statement that doctors and advocates disputed as misinformation. Bills related to teaching focused on so-called “critical race theory” which isn’t even taught in South Carolina. Critics, however, said proposals would have limited classroom teaching.
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This story originally appeared in Statehouse Report.