On Thursday, Governor Henry McMaster (R-SC) signed in major legislation that pushes hard restrictions on abortion within the state, banning the practice after six weeks of pregnancy.
The life-saving bill, named the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act, or S. 474, bans abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which is observed around the six-week mark of pregnancy. The bill does provide notable exceptions in the extenuating circumstances of rape and incest, extending the timeline for an abortion to the 12-week mark. The legislation also takes into account medical emergencies against the mother's life as well as fatal fetal anomalies. Doctors who violate the new law within the state can face felony charges that can result in up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The law will go into effect immediately.
McCaster took to his Twitter to announce the major win for pro-life advocates in the state, writing, “With my signature, the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act is now law and will begin saving the lives of unborn children immediately. We stand ready to defend this legislation against any challenges because there is no more important right than the right to life.”
This is not the first time legislation like this has been passed, with a similar bill in 2021 having been signed into law by the governor but then challenged and blocked by the South Carolina Supreme Court earlier this year. The new law was crafted with the intent to overcome the legal challenges that the bill is expected to face.
With my signature, the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act is now law and will begin saving the lives of unborn children immediately. We stand ready to defend this legislation against any challenges because there is no more important right than the right to life.— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) May 25, 2023
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Planned Parenthood South Atlantic has already announced its lawsuit, stating on Friday that it would appear in court to fight against the new legislation. The infant-slaughtering organization released a statement from its CEO which read the following:
“State lawmakers have once again trampled on our right to make private health care decisions, ignoring warnings from health care providers and precedent set by the state’s highest court just a few months ago. The decision of if, when, and how to have a child is deeply personal, and politicians making that decision for anyone else is government overreach of the highest order. We will always fight for our patients’ ability to make their own decisions about their bodies and access the health care they need. We urge the court to take swift action to block this dangerous ban on abortion.”
UPDATE: A hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow morning on our request to block this abortion ban.— PP South Atlantic SC (@PPSATSC) May 25, 2023
Today abortion is banned after about 6 weeks of pregnancy. Tomorrow, we will have our day in court. https://t.co/hQFs3SxW9u
Despite the adamant opposition from organizations that want nothing but the worst for unborn life, other organizations such as the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America shared their excitement over the legislation.
“Twenty-five states now have laws to protect life between conception and 12 weeks. Not even a full year after Dobbs, the pro-life movement can celebrate that we are at the halfway point in the states thanks to the incredible momentum we have seen in North Carolina, South Carolina and Nebraska in just the last week and a half,” the organization's President Marjorie Dannenfelser wrote in a statement. “Today, we congratulate South Carolina on becoming the 23rd state to protect babies with a heartbeat. The way Gov. McMaster and pro-life legislators persisted to get a heartbeat protection across the finish line this year is a reflection of their compassion, respect for the people’s will, and adherence to the science. Every year, thousands more irreplaceable South Carolinians will be allowed to live and discover that unique purpose in this world which only they can fulfill.”
It’s good to see South Carolina continuing to fight for the rights of unborn children even with the resistance from radicals on the left who support infantile death. Hopefully, lawmakers were able to craft the bill to appease the South Carolina Supreme Court’s requirements and the new law will stick around for good this time.
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