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Heartbeat abortion bill clears first hurdle in South Carolina Legislature

Added 01-15-21 01:23:01pm EST - “A bill that would criminalize most abortions in South Carolina passed the first hurdle of legislative approval Thursday.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Heartbeat abortion bill clears first hurdle in South Carolina Legislature”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A bill that would criminalize most abortions in South Carolina passed the first hurdle of legislative approval Thursday.

Senate Bill 1 would make it a felony to perform an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, except in medical emergencies. A fetal heartbeat usually can be detected about six weeks after conception before many women realize they are pregnant.

After listening to four hours of testimony Thursday, members of the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee – joined at one point by Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette – approved the bill with an amendment, 3-2.

The bill would require abortion providers to conduct an ultrasound and listen for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion. Performing an abortion when there is a detectable fetal heartbeat would become a felony punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to two years in prison.

Several other states have passed so-called “heartbeat bills,” but none have been enforced because legal challenges. If passed by the South Carolina Legislature, the bill likely would face legal challenges.

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