Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Pro-Life Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act Signed in South Carolina Faces Blocks from Federal Court



In South Carolina, a Bill was signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster, to stop abortions on babies where a heart-beat is detected. However, a day later federal court blocked the measure. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis granted a two-week temporary restraining order on Friday while the case, brought by Planned Parenthood, works its way through the legal system. The "South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act" would prohibit abortion as soon as cardiac activity can be detected with an ultrasound. The only exceptions would occur in cases of rape, incest or when a mother's life is in danger. . Planned Parenthood and a women's clinic in Greenville filed the emergency lawsuit, arguing it would make abortion inaccessible for most South Carolinians. A hearing over the lawsuit is scheduled for March 9. Governor McMaster said before signing the bill on Thursday, "If there's not a right to life, then what rights is there." He continued, "What rights exists, if not the elementary, fundamental, profound right to life," 
The state Attorney General said, "we believe the Heartbeat Law is constitutional and deserves a vigorous defense to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary," USA Today reported. 
 Several other states have passed similar laws in recent years.

Edited from Npr and Life News and Twitter 

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