‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Becomes Law in South Carolina – DC Watchdog

‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Becomes Law in South Carolina

Just five weeks into the legislative session, South Carolina lawmakers passed a restrictive “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban bill, and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster signed it into law Thursday,” according to TheState.com.

The controversial law, which critics say doesn’t give women enough time to get an abortion after learning they’re pregnant, was facing a court challenge before the governor had a chance to sign it…

“S. 1 requires doctors to perform an ultrasound to detect a heartbeat before performing any abortion. If a heartbeat is detected, the doctor would be prohibited from performing an abortion unless the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life or could cause severe harm to her health, if the fetus has a detectable anomaly that is not compatible with life or in cases where the woman reports being the victim of rape or incest. If a woman reports to a doctor that she was the victim of rape or incest, the doctor would then be required to report the crime to the local sheriff with or without the woman’s consent. [emphasis added]

House Republicans celebrated after the bill received a quick third reading Thursday morning, and anti-abortion advocates cheered from the lobby after the bill was passed at about 10:45 a.m…

“Critics call the “heartbeat” law blatantly unconstitutional, a denial of the right to an abortion before viability, which is defined at about 24 weeks of pregnancy. That right, they say, is protected by the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited states’ ability to restrict access to abortion.”

For more on this report, go to TheState.com.

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