South Carolina considers ban on “heartbeat abortions” with some exceptions
South Carolina's lawmakers will consider a pair of bills that, if enacted, would ban abortions performed on an unborn baby when a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
Two bills were pre-filed last month for the South Carolina General Assembly to consider when they begin their legislative session next Tuesday.
Senate Bill 1, also called the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act, was pre-filed in December and was referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs. The bill prohibits “an abortion on a pregnant woman before a physician determines whether the human foetus the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable fetal heartbeat.”
SB 1 bans abortions performed on a foetus with a heartbeat, except when “the physician determines according to standard medical practice that a medical emergency exists.”
Any abortion provider, found to be in violation of the bill if the proposed legislation becomes law, can face a fine of $10,000, a maximum prison sentence of two years, or both.