South Carolina Senate Passes 6-Week Abortion Ban
On Tuesday, the Republican-majority South Carolina Senate approved a bill to ban most abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy, restoring a 2021 ban that went into effect after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade last year.
- On Tuesday, the Republican-majority South Carolina Senate approved a bill to ban most abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy, restoring a 2021 ban that went into effect after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade last year.1
- The earlier measure was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. This revised bill includes exceptions in cases of rape, incest, and medical emergencies but otherwise bans abortions — currently legal up to 22 weeks — after fetal cardiac activity is detected.2
- The legislation passed the Senate in a vote of 27 to 19 after it was approved by 82 to 33 by the House last week.3
- Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, who signed the previous ban, is expected to sign the new bill into law.4
- Doctors violating the law could face up to two years in prison and a $10K fine. Under the legislation, women under 16 must obtain permission from their parents or a judge to have an abortion, and fathers must pay child support from the date of conception.5
Sources: 1Associated Press, 2Reuters, 3The Hill, 4ABC News, and 5Forbes.
- Democratic narrative, as provided by New York Times. South Carolina has become an important provider of abortions since neighboring states have adopted extremely strict bans. Now this bill, which is so extreme it’s even opposed by several Republicans, is going to make it near impossible to receive an abortion. The state Supreme Court should strike it down as it did to the similar ban in January.
- Republican narrative, as provided by Breitbart. It’s time for South Carolina to stop being the abortion capital of the South. This bill brings the state in line with its neighbors in clamping down on the killing of unborn children. It also simultaneously contains the necessary exceptions to preserve the health and life of the mother, but has been rewritten just enough to get around any concerns over privacy rights.