The State of South Carolina has just signed into law a new act that outlaws abortions after a heartbeat is detected.
It’s called the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act“, and it requires that all doctors in the state perform an ultrasound on anyone requesting an abortion. If a heartbeat can be detected, then the abortion can only be performed if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, or the life of the mother is in danger.
The bill was approved by the SC Senate on January 28th with a vote of 30-13, by the House on February 18th with a vote of 74-39, and was signed by Governor McMaster yesterday.
Today, we made history. The Heartbeat Bill is now the law of South Carolina and we will defend it with everything in us because there is nothing more important than protecting the sanctity of life! pic.twitter.com/n9ldH3CUAJ
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) February 18, 2021
Moments after the bill was signed by the Governor, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the new act, arguing it is unconstitutional. The new lawsuit effectively stalls all new restrictions set forth by the act.
The act is similar to other acts passed by several other states over the past year, which have all also been stalled by lawsuits. Pro-life advocates are hoping that the issue will eventually go before the US Supreme Court and possibly overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
The Supreme Court has previously ruled that abortion is legal until a fetus is viable outside the womb.
What do you think about South Carolina’s act?