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House members a no-show on abortion bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House members have refused to meet with senators to try to reach a compromise on a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to wait at least a day before having the procedure.

A committee of House and Senate members were set to meet Tuesday to hash out differences in the legislation each chamber passed. Only one House member showed up, but GOP Rep. Wendy Nanney of Greenville left the room, meaning there weren't enough members present to start the meeting.

Sen. Kevin Bryant said the bill is too important an issue for such games.

It wasn't clear why House members balked at the meeting.

Both versions would increase the wait time from one hour to one day, but the House wants to require a second trip to a clinic for the procedure.

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