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McMaster Nixes $16M from Budget He Says for Abortions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Henry McMaster is removing $16 million for health care from the South Carolina budget to make sure no taxpayer money goes to abortion providers, even though some fellow Republicans said less than $100,000 of it would go to Planned Parenthood.

Other Republicans urged McMaster, who is running for re-election this year, to veto $34 million from the $8 billion budget. But the governor's office said eliminating all that money would keep 700,000 women and children from getting prescriptions through Medicaid.

Some Republicans opposed removing any of the money, saying it was almost all for family planning and abstinence. They also warned that filling the funding hole created by the veto might hurt law enforcement or children with autism.

Lawmakers could override the vetoes later with a two-thirds vote.

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