Setting a new precedent, South Carolina has banned the majority of abortions in the state after Governor Henry McMaster signed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act into law.
The law, which is similar to legislation passed in several other states including Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota, makes it illegal to perform an abortion once a heartbeat is detected. Generally, a heartbeat can be detected around the sixth week of pregnancy which is before most women know that they’re pregnant.
The law does, however, allow for exceptions including rape or when the mother’s life is at risk.
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