A federal court ruled on Monday that South Carolina’s pro-life Heartbeat Bill can go into effect thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade . Because of that ruling, an injunction preventing the law from taking effect has been removed.
The Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act restricts abortion beginning when a child’s heartbeat can be detected at about six weeks, though the human heart begins beating about 16-22 days after fertilization. It was passed in 2021 and states that doctors must use an ultrasound to search for a preborn child’s heartbeat prior to committing an abortion. If a heartbeat is detected , an abortion can only be carried out if the woman’s life is in danger or if the baby was conceived in rape or incest (in which case it cannot take place past 20 weeks).
After Governor Henry McMaster signed the bill in February 2021, Planned Parenthood immediately sued to block it. South Carolina can now enforce its ban on most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected (after ~6 weeks), with a federal judge just staying the injunction on the Fetal Heartbeat Law. The law had been blocked by courts since right after Gov. McMaster signed it last year. pic.twitter.com/5bXHWMZ9pq — Mary Green (@MaryGreenNews) June 27, 2022 “The Heartbeat Law is now in effect,” said South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson in a statement. “Once Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, the decision on legally protecting the lives of unborn babies was returned to the states, so there was no longer any basis for blocking South Carolina’s Heartbeat Law.
“Our state is now carrying out a government’s most sacred and fundamental duty, protecting life.”
Likewise, Gov. McMaster tweeted , “We’ve spent nearly a year and a half […]
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