The South Carolina Senate passed the Fetal Heartbeat bill in the SC Senate on Thursday.
It passed by a 30-13 vote in the Senate and will be forwarded for consideration by the House of Representatives.
“Thank God for this state’s people,” Republican Sen. Larry Grooms of Bonneau said. Grooms have spent 24 years battling to end abortion.
The South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act would ban abortions in South Carolina if they think pregnant women are at least six to eight weeks along. Doctors are required to use an ultrasound to attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat. If they detect a heartbeat, and pregnancy is not the result of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, they will not perform the abortion.
The allegation of rape or incest must be reported to the sheriff in the county where the abortion took place no later than twenty-four hours after the abortion was performed or induced.