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Eugene

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Thu Jun 13, 2024, 02:19 AM Jun 13

GOP women who helped defeat a near-total abortion ban are losing reelection in South Carolina [View all]

Source: Associated Press

GOP women who helped defeat a near-total abortion ban are losing reelection in South Carolina

BY JEFFREY COLLINS
Updated 5:04 PM EDT, June 12, 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A near-total abortion ban was defeated in South Carolina with the help of the only three Republican women in the Senate, but after Tuesday’s primary, they’re losing their election bids.

Voters handed the senators – and winners of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for people who risk their careers for the greater good – two losses and a runoff after they joined with Democratic women to defeat the measure, saying a pregnant woman shouldn’t lose control of her body as soon as an egg is fertilized.

But the state had only men in the Senate in 2012 and may end up without a single Republican woman in the chamber in 2025. There are just two Democratic women among the 46 members.

“You can’t tell me that’s not a slap in the face of women,” said Sen. Katrina Shealy who is gearing up for a runoff. “Republican women lose like this over one issue when we fought so hard for other things.”

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/gop-women-south-carolina-election-abortion-law-34ffb963558d62dbe7acdebf69d7eab3

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