Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lawmakers gave key approval to what is called the "Cervical Cancer Prevention Act" Wednesday.
The bill will allow South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to provide cervical cancer vaccines to students entering the seventh grade. The vaccine is not required for students.
DHEC would also have to develop an informational brochure for parents of students in sixth grade about the vaccines.
Representative Bakari Sellers tried to pass this bill before, he says the legislation hits home for him.
"You know my mom has cancer, so for me this is very personal. She doesn't have cervical cancer, but if there's a family, one family out there, that doesn't have to go through having to deal with cancer, than I think this bill is a success," said Sellers.
He says the bill will help some qualifying parents with the expense of the vaccine.
The bill will still need a third and final approval from the house.