South Carolina House Passes Abortion Ban With Exceptions

South Carolina Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, talks about a total ban on abortion he has proposed during the House session on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Another conservative victory in the post-Roe era! The South Carolina House on Tuesday just passed a bill that bans abortion starting at conception, with exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

The bill failed to pass the first time because some objected to it not containing certain exceptions to the abortion ban, according to Breitbart News. Once provisions were added to allow abortions in the case of rape or incest, it passed the House in a 67-38 vote.

“But here’s the thing — at the end of the day we passed a good pro-life bill in South Carolina,” said Republican Rep. John McCravy.

PBS explained what must transpire for an abortion in South Carolina to be approved:

The bill allows abortions up to 12 weeks after conception if a women tells a doctor she was raped. The doctor has to tell the woman he is going to report the rape to the county sheriff and has 24 hours after the procedure to give deputies the woman’s name and contact information.

Other changes voted down in the debate included language supporters said would protect in vitro fertilization and birth control, and proposals that would allow prosecutors to charge a women who gets an abortion with murder.

The state currently bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, but currently does not enforce that provision due to an ongoing lawsuit with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.

“At this preliminary stage, we are unable to determine with finality the constitutionality of the Act under our state’s constitutional prohibition against unreasonable invasions of privacy,” wrote the Court.

This move by the South Carolina House follows in the footsteps of Indiana, which is reportedly the first state to pass an almost complete ban on abortion following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The bill was signed by Republican Governor Eric Holcomb and allows for exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, a threat to the mother’s life, or if an unborn baby has a fatal diagnosis.

The pieces of legislation are expected to take effect beginning on September 15th in both states.

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