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S.C. Fetal Heartbeat Law Now in Effect

by | Jun 28, 2022

By Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life

The Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act is now in effect in South Carolina, according to pro-life Attorney General Alan Wilson. 

On Friday, June 24, 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe and Casey decisions, General Wilson petitioned the U.S. District Court of South Carolina to lift its injunction that was blocking implementation of the lifesaving legislation that pro-life Governor Henry McMaster signed into law in February of 2021. The Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v. Jackson case that there is no constitutional right to abortion. Abortions laws now are up to the individual states.

“The Heartbeat Law is now in effect,” General Wilson said in a statement from his office. “Once Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, the decision on legally protecting the lives of unborn babies was returned to the states, so there was no longer any basis for blocking South Carolina’s Heartbeat Law.” 

The Heartbeat bill gives a pregnant woman the right o know her unborn child has a heartbeat and gives her the right to hear the heartbeat if she so chooses. The law also protects most unborn children with a detectible heartbeat from death by abortion. 

“Our state is now carrying out a government’s most sacred and fundamental duty, protecting life,” General Wilson said. 

Categories: State Legislation