South Carolina state legislature latest to pass six-week abortion ban

The South Carolina state legislature has become the latest to ban abortion after six weeks in the United States, with lawmakers overwhelmingly backing the measure.

South Carolina state senate officials passed a bill banning abortion after about six weeks, according to reports Wednesday, passing the measure by a 27-19 margin after the state house passed the amended bill last week.

With the bill expected to be signed by the state’s Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in the near future, South Carolina looks likely to join a wide range of states that have cracked down on the killing of unborn children after the repeal of Roe vs. Wade.

According to a Reuters report, the ban was passed with overwhelming support from Republican politicians, with the legislation making most abortions illegal after the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which takes about six weeks to occur.

Exceptions are made in the legislation for cases of rape, incest, as well as medical emergencies, in which case abortions up to 12 weeks would be permitted.

Speaking on the bill, State Senator Shane Massey hailed the bill as bringing South Carolina closer to its neighboring states, decrying the fact that South Carolina had previously served as the “capital of the Southeast Abortion”.

Leading abortion provider Planned Parenthood has pledged to challenge the ban in court, though Massey said lawmakers successfully removed legal hurdles to the bill addressing the constitutional right to abortion. State to Privacy.

If implemented, the bill will reverse the state’s previous 22-week limit on abortions, one of the most permissive in the southern region of the United States.

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