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Fetal Pain Bill Passes South Carolina House 80-27

by | Feb 12, 2015


UnbornBabySC1COLUMBIA, SC –On Wednesday the South Carolina House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H4113) by an overwhelming vote of 80-27. The bill recognizes a compelling state interest in protecting the life of an unborn child beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, based on medical evidence that by that point, if not earlier, the unborn child experiences excruciating pain when subjected to dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

Last month the measure won 5-0 bi-partisan support after the S.C. House Judiciary Subcommittee on General and Family Law heard testimony from three local pro-life physicians and accepted written statements from other expert supporters who could not attend.

“We congratulate the South Carolina House today for passing this historic piece of legislation that will preserve the lives of children at 20 weeks and beyond from the inhuman action of abortion,” said Lisa Van Riper, President of South Carolina Citizens for Life. “To have failed to pass this legislation would not only have been unconscionable but also against basic human rights.”

South Carolina State Rep. Wendy Nanney

South Carolina State Rep. Wendy Nanney

For more than an hour, chief sponsor, Rep. Wendy Nanney, R-Greenville, stood at the podium of the House and staved off hostile arguments and attempts to weaken the bill with amendments. Ten Democrats support the bill and no Republican voted against it. All 27 votes against the bill were Democrats.

The measure moves to the state Senate next week.

Virtually identical language has been passed in ten states.

Categories: Legislation