On Thursday, the South Carolina Supreme Court rescinded a bill banning abortions after six weeks gestation.
In a 3-2 decision, the court ruled that the state’s Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act, which has faced numerous legal challenges since Republican governor Henry McMaster signed it into law in 2021, violated a woman’s right to privacy under the state constitution. The bill prohibited abortions after the unborn child’s heartbeat had been detected, which is usually about six weeks. There were exceptions for rape and incest as well as saving the mother’s life.
South Carolina is among many states that have legal challenges to the pro-life laws after the June decision of U.S. Supreme Court. Roe v. Wade The issue was sent back to the state legislatures. In November, a Georgia county judge stopped a similar six week heartbeat bill.
Twenty-one states in March announced their support for South Carolina’s Protection from Abortion Act.
Writing the majority opinion, Justice Kaye Hearn sided with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic’s argument that abortion is included in a woman’s right to privacy, the Associated Press reported.
Hearn stated that the timeframes must allow a woman enough time to find out if she is pregnant, and to take reasonable steps in order to end her pregnancy. “Six weeks is quite…