A bill that seeks to outlaw most abortions has been pasted by the South Carolina Senate.
The South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act has passed what is likely it’s final hurdle with a 30-13 on after years of trying on Thursday, now that Republicans won new seats during the elections.
The new bill requires doctors to perform an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they believe the woman is at least two months (eight weeks) pregnant. If the doctor is able to find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy is not the result of rape or incest, the doctor is not allowed to perform the abortion.
” If this gets upheld by the courts, we will have saved thousands of lives in South Carolina every year. That is a tremendous victory,” Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey said.
Lawmakers in South Carolina have been fighting for stricter abortion laws since the 1980’s. As the current model stands, abortions can be performed up to 20 weeks.
Gov. Henry McMaster says he will sign the bill as soon as he can.