COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A bill headed to the House floor would require pregnant women seeking an abortion in South Carolina to first look at ultrasound images of their fetus.
The House Judiciary Committee advanced the proposal Wednesday without discussion.
Proponents hope the bill will lead to fewer abortions, with more women opting for adoption or keeping their child.
Abortion rights activists have criticized the measure. They say the ultrasound should be an option because no woman should be forced to undergo a medically unnecessary procedure.
Last year, Michigan and Oklahoma passed laws giving a woman the option of viewing ultrasounds before an abortion.