SC Pastors Alliance supporting abortion amendment

If such a measure were approved it could potentially lead to a ban on abortion.

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - The South Carolina Pastors Alliance and state leaders showing their support for an amendment to the South Carolina state constitution at the Statehouse Tuesday.

"In 1973 the majority opinion of the infamous Roe v. Wade left an open door to define in the future when a preborn baby could be considered legally a person,â?? said Pastor Kevin Baird.

The â??Personhoodâ?? amendment proposed would have South Carolina voters decide when life begins by putting the question on the 2016 ballot.

If such a measure were approved it could potentially lead to a ban on abortion.

"If passed by three fourths of the legislature there will be a question on the 2016 ballot that allows the citizens of South Carolina to amend their constitution to extend protection to human life beginning at conception,â?? community leader Richard Cash said.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened in the state; in 1998 lawmakers and pastors for life representatives announced support for a similar amendment.

Right now, South Carolina law states abortion is illegal after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

A bill in the house right now would make it illegal after 20 weeks.

With only days left in the legislative session it's very likely the measure won't pass.

Regardless, lawmakers say the bill has nothing to do with the amendment being proposed.

"I mean they both deal with abortion or conception and personhood but under our rules you have to debate different ideas in different bills,â?? said Democratic Senator Brad Hutto.

Some state leaders say they feel confident in the push for the amendment.

"I think with the push and the petitions and folks signing the commitments I think we'll see a much greater push now that we're more organized you'll see some movement come January,â?? Republican Senator, Lee Bright said.

Amendment or not, it's an issue that will continue being debated in South Carolina.

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