House Gives Approval To Abortion Bill

Banning abortions after heartbeat detected

Patrick Gentry
April 25, 2019 - 12:05 pm

The South Carolina House has passed legislation that would ban almost all abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected which is typically around the sixth week of pregnancy.

Lawmakers voted 64-22 on Thursday on a routine vote to send the legislation over to the Senate after spending more than five hours debating the bill before a key vote Wednesday .

The bill has little chance of becoming law this year after missing a key legislative deadline. That makes its passage a tougher task in a less conservative Senate with only six working days remaining in the legislative session after Thursday.

Members of the Senate also are dealing with state-owned utility Santee Cooper and other matters.

Legislatures in Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia have passed fetal heartbeat abortion bills this year.

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