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Agency says it erred in requiring husband's OK for abortion

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

A South Carolina agency says it erred in suggesting married women get their husband's permission to get an abortion.

The proposal is included in proposed changes to abortion clinic regulations put out last month for public comment by the state's public health agency.

But the agency said Wednesday it was a mistake to even suggest a married woman, if living with her husband, get his signed consent. State law requires a husband's consent only in the third trimester, and such abortions can occur only in hospitals.

The agency says that line will be deleted before a public hearing, likely in December.

The agency is also dropping a proposal to require, instead of offer, certain tests including a pap smear and tests for sexually transmitted diseases.

Those were among proposals Planned Parenthood called outrageous.

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