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South Carolina passes heartbeat bill

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/17/21, 05:53 pm

As the South Carolina House debated whether to protect most babies from abortion, almost all Democratic members walked out of the chamber—though they returned for the vote. The representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed the heartbeat bill, which already made it through the Senate. The measure only faces a procedural vote on Thursday that is unlikely to change the outcome. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster has promised to sign the bill quickly.

What does it do? Before performing an abortion, doctors will have to do an ultrasound to make sure the baby has no heartbeat yet. The measure will protect all babies with detectable heartbeats except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s life. Court battles will likely tie up the law’s enforcement, but pro-life advocates hope it will end up before the Supreme Court, where a conservative majority could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Dig deeper: Read my analysis of how heartbeat bills have fared in the courts in Vitals.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 10:52 pm

    Even a "pro-life Democrat" is supporting the abortion agenda, by signing on with the party of death. 

    Posted: Thu, 02/18/2021 11:01 am

    Very sad. It seems like it's almost impossible to affirm life and be allied with the Democratic Party. Louisiana Governor John bel Edwards is a notable and admirable exception to that. 

    Posted: Thu, 02/18/2021 11:01 am

    This is wonderful news. Thanks to everybody who worked hard ... for years ... to get this through!

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 03:07 pm

    It's a nice effort and I tip my hat to the legislators that shepherded this through. However, like the other "heartbeat" bills I expect it to be nullified by the courts. Further, I would be shocked if the Supreme Court struck down Roe. I really think pro-lifers have a false hope in the Supreme Court with regards to Roe and the "conservative" majority. Until the people of the USA rise up to affirm the sanctity of unborn life in a way reminiscent of, say, the civil rights efforts in the 1960's, I do not believe, sadly, that there will be a change of law or policy. The answer is not the courts it is persuasion of the hearts and minds of the people.