Fetal Heartbeat Law now in effect in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) -South Carolina’s Fetal Heartbeat Law went into effect Monday after an injunction blocking the law was removed.
On Friday, June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, opening the way for state laws to legislate abortion bans. South Carolina passed a fetal heartbeat law, which previously had been blocked in 2021.
South Carolina can now enforce its ban on most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected (after ~6 weeks), with a federal judge just staying the injunction on the Fetal Heartbeat Law. The law had been blocked by courts since right after Gov. McMaster signed it last year. pic.twitter.com/5bXHWMZ9pq— Mary Green (@MaryGreenNews) June 27, 2022
Monday, June 27, 2022, South Carolina’s Attorney General Alan Wilson said, “The Heartbeat Law is now in effect. Once Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, the decision on legally protecting the lives of unborn babies was returned to the states, so there was no longer any basis for blocking South Carolina’s Heartbeat Law.”
“Our state is now carrying out a government’s most sacred and fundamental duty, protecting life.”
The law outlaws abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected and requires the mother to view an ultrasound, hear the heartbeat and receive additional information about the child’s development. The law does allow for exceptions for rape or incest if the fetus is less than 20 weeks.
We’ve spent nearly a year and a half defending the Fetal Heartbeat Act in court. Finally, it has gone into effect in South Carolina. This is why Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is so important – countless unborn children will be saved because of this law.— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) June 27, 2022
It also provides for medical exemptions to save the life of the mother.
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Planned Parenthood reacts to new law going into effect:
BREAKING NEWS: SC's ban on abortion starting around 6 weeks of pregnancy is now in effect.@PPSouthAtlantic's doors are open in Charleston & Columbia, & they are providing abortion in full compliance with SB 1. We encourage anyone seeking care to contact us as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/C8pKyFoggp— PP South Atlantic SC (@PPSATSC) June 27, 2022
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