Legislators excited over S.C.'s Heartbeat Bill

Friday, December 28, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnancy ultrasoundSouth Carolina lawmakers are gearing to face major pro-life legislation in the next session.

The Family Caucus was set up in the South Carolina House last year to help promote traditional values and pro-life causes.

Rep. John McCravy (R-S.C.) told OneNewsNow a major bill that has been pre-filed for the session is the Heartbeat Bill, which would protect preborn children who have a heartbeat as early as six weeks.

“So, it would require the provider to test for a heartbeat – usually by ultrasound – and if a heartbeat is present, the provider would have to advise the mother of it and would be prohibited from doing an abortion at that time,” the pro-life lawmaker explained.

McCravy is confident that the bill – if approved – would be upheld if it faces a likely legal challenge … even if Roe v. Wade is still in place, but with the makeup of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) changing, that 1973 ruling could be overturned, leaving abortion matters in the hands of the states.

The legislator is assured that the Heartbeat Bill will go through the legislative loops. A similar bill in Ohio failed Thursday, but South Carolina lawmakers have higher hopes over this bill's passage.

A Personhood bill establishing that an unborn baby has legal rights at the moment of conception will also receive consideration.

Senate Democrats are major roadblock to the bill’s passage because they have the ability to filibuster and kill consideration – which was a tactic used in the last session.

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