South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (a Republican) has signed a bill that prohibits abortions when the fetal heartbeat of an unborn child is detected.
Abortions are permitted in order to protect the health and life of the mother or when there is “a fatal fetal abnormality.” The measure also allows abortions if the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or a child’s gestational age is less than 12 weeks.
McMaster, in a press statement, said that “with my signature the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act will now become law and begin saving the life of unborn children right away.” “This is great news for South Carolina but the battle is not yet over.” We will defend this legislation in the face of any challenge and are confident that we can succeed. We will do all we can to preserve the right to life.
The Supreme Court of the state had earlier this year overturned a previous abortion ban.
The newly passed pro-life bill is now facing a legal challenge.
“Today, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Greenville Women’s Clinic, and two physician-plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in state court seeking to block Senate Bill 474, South…