A South Carolina Senate subcommittee on Tuesday stripped protections for women who become pregnant from rape or incest from a bill that would outlaw abortions in the state after about six weeks of pregnancy.

The State newspaper reports the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee then approved the bill by a 4-3 vote. The vote was along party lines, with Republicans favoring the move and Democrats opposing it, reports CBS Columbia affiliate WLTX-TV.

The bill would still allow for abortions if it was to save the life of a mother, the station points out.

The measure is expected to advance through the full committee, which likely will hear it in November. Republican Governor Henry McMaster has said he would sign the bill into law if the Senate passes it.

A half-dozen states have passed measures similar to the proposal. But those bans have all been blocked or overturned by federal judges.

The South Carolina House added the exceptions after Republican state Representative Nancy Mace, of Charleston, shared about her rape as a 16-year-old.

“Those of you who will applaud after this vote, your applause will be temporary,” said state Senator Marlon Kimpson, a Charleston Democrat who promised to use Senate rules to delay a final vote on the bill when lawmakers return next January for the 2020 legislative session.

Under the bill, doctors would face criminal charges for performing abortions after a heartbeat’s detected, though those penalties aren’t spelled out, WLTX says.

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