SC lawmakers discuss abortion bills

A South Carolina Senate subcommittee approved a bill Thursday aimed at closing abortion clinics, while a different subcommittee took no votes but heard from the public on other bills aimed at outlawing abortions.

The bill that passed would require doctors performing abortions to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. It would also require any abortion not performed in a hospital to be done by the pregnant woman's attending physician, and the doctor must have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Critics say those limits would effectively shut down abortion clinics in the state.