COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Monday announced that the state’s Fetal Heartbeat Law is in effect as of June 27, 2022.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, Wilson explained that “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.”
The legislation was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster last year, but was blocked from enforcement due to litigation.
On Monday, the U.S. District Court of SC stayed the injunction that was blocking the implementation of the law.
The law makes abortion illegal after a heartbeat is detected — typically around six weeks — and “requires an abortionist to give a mother the opportunity to view an ultrasound, hear her child’s heartbeat, and receive information about her child’s development.”
In cases of rape, incest, and danger to the mother’s life, the law makes exceptions so long as the fetus is fewer than 20 weeks along.
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