South Carolina legislators pass "heartbeat" bill banning abortion after 6 weeks

by Joel Abbott · Feb 12th, 2021 1:51 pm

Last Updated Feb 13th, 2021 at 1:28 pm

South Carolina's House Judiciary Committee passed a bill banning abortions after a baby's heartbeat is detected, the latest in a string of states to do so.

Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to sign the bill into law.

The state legislature voted 30-13 for the measure, with one Republican voting against the measure and one Democrat voting for it.

A developing child's heart begins to beat around six weeks. The bill would prevent any child from being aborted after a heartbeat can be detected via ultrasound. The bill does, however, provide an exclusion for cases of rape or incest.

"Life is the most precious and sacred of all of our rights," said Madison Rainey, state director for Concerned Women for America of South Carolina. "The heartbeat bill legislation is an opportunity for South Carolina to stand firm on our most sacred liberty, life, and move our state forward to building a culture of life."

Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Ohio have passed similar heartbeat legislation, although all have been struck down or blocked by federal judges. Similar legislation has been introduced in at least 10 other states.


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