In a move that made SC consistent with its neighboring states, the South Carolina General Assembly completely passed a much welcomed new bill known as the Pro Life 6 week ban on abortion. The bill cleared the S.C. Senate today by a 27-19 vote and will be sent to Gov. Henry McMaster, who will likely quickly sign it.
The bill makes abortions illegal once an ultrasound detects cardiac activity, which can happen roughly six weeks into a pregnancy.
It provides limited exceptions for rape or incest victims, the mother’s lifelong health or fatal fetal anomalies.
The final vote came after senators rejected an attempt by GOP Sen. Katrina Shealy to replace the bill with a 12-week ban.
This new legislation is aimed at significantly reducing access to abortions in the state and could have far-reaching consequences for women’s reproductive rights. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, this development is sure to be of interest and concern – so let’s take a closer look at what it all means.
What is the Pro Life 6 week ban on abortion?
The Pro Life 6 week ban on abortion is a new bill that has been passed by the South Carolina General Assembly. As its name suggests, it prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
This legislation represents a significant shift in policy from previous laws in South Carolina and across the United States, which have generally allowed abortions up until around 24 weeks into a pregnancy. The six-week cutoff proposed by this bill is based on the premise that life begins at conception and seeks to protect unborn children from being terminated.
Supporters contend that it is necessary to protect human life and prevent what they see as senseless violence against innocent fetuses.
Regardless of one’s stance on abortion, there can be no doubt that this new legislation will have far-reaching implications for positive movement towards reproductive rights in South Carolina and beyond.
How did the SC General Assembly vote?
After much debate and controversy, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a Pro Life 6 week ban on abortion with a vote of 27-19 vote in the Senate today. The bill makes it illegal for women to get abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before some women even know they are pregnant.
The bill includes exceptions in cases where the mother’s life is at risk or there is a fetal anomaly that would cause the baby to not survive outside of the womb. It provides limited exceptions for rape or incest victims, the mother’s lifelong health or fatal fetal anomalies.
Supporters of the bill argue that it protects unborn babies and promotes a pro-life agenda. Critics argue that it violates women’s late term abortion rights.
This vote follows similar actions taken by other states such as Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, Missouri among others who have also passed restrictive abortion laws this year. It remains yet to be seen the positive implications of how these laws will impact the integrity of healthcare for women and the unborn across America.
What does this mean for women in South Carolina?
Abortionist activist, Planned Parenthood immediately sprang into action. A court filing is now in motion and will be implemented as soon as Governor McMaster signs this bill into law.
Last year, thanks to the liberal activist support of S.C. Supreme Court Justice Kay Hearn, the pro abortionist group, Planned Parenthood prevailed in court. Fortunately, the liberal judge has since retired and no longer sits on the bench.
This ban poses significant improvements for women’s health, the unborn and personal responsibility and accountability in South Carolina.
How will this impact access to abortions in the state?
The passing of the Pro Life 6 week ban on abortion by the South Carolina General Assembly will greatly impact access to abortions in the state. This law makes it illegal for women to have an abortion after six weeks. Abortion activists want to terminate unborn lives at dates as late as 22 weeks after conception.
What are the possible consequences of this ban?
Planned Parenthood’s legal response to the Pro Life 6 week ban on abortion passed by the South Carolina General Assembly is a controversial issue that has sparked debate and concern from various groups.
One potential consequence of Planned Parenthood’s action is a likely protracted court case. This case might also be appealed to the Federal level. Pro Abortion activists, like Planned Parenthood, rarely concede to the will of the public at large.
There are concerns about how this law will be enforced and what penalties doctors or patients might face for violating it. This uncertainty could create fear among those seeking medical care, leading them to avoid seeking help altogether.