COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley says she'll almost certainly sign a bill banning abortion past 19 weeks in South Carolina.
The Republican governor said Tuesday that she "can't imagine any scenario in which I wouldn't sign it."
The bill could soon be on her desk. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a compromise the Senate passed last week.
The measure allows exceptions only if the mother's life is in jeopardy or a doctor determines the fetus can't survive outside the womb.
Similar laws are in effect in 12 states. They've been blocked by court challenges in three others.
Supporters believe a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Opponents argue such later-term abortions involve women who want a child but are confronted with a medical diagnosis that forces a difficult decision that shouldn't be up to politicians.