By: MICHAEL DELGADO
A South Carolina Bill that would ban virtually all abortions passed the State House Wensday with overwhelming support. The law which would require an ultrasound the check for a fetal heartbeat before allowing an abortion was signed by Republican Governor Henry McMaster, is now facing legal challenges.
The “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act” would ban all abortions on fetus who have a detectable heartbeat. A fetal heartbeat usually begins around six weeks, before most mothers know they are pregnant. This would effectively ban nearly all abortions in the state. “There’s a lot of happy hearts beating across South Carolina right now,” McMaster said after signing the bill.
The bill has faced pushback from pro-choice groups in South Carolina including Planned Parenthood who called the bill “blatantly unconstitutional.” They have promised to take the case to court. Republican South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson promised the fight any suits against the bill in court. The case has the opportunity to go to the Supreme Court where the conservative leaning justices could decide the fate of Roe v Wade.
With emotions high, both sides hope their vision of the future of Planned Parenthood will prevail. They are preparing to duel it out in court where a final verdict will be reached. With the nation’s eyes upon them there is no room for any error.