SC Supreme Court Strikes Down Fetal Heartbeat Bill

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South Carolina’s fetal heartbeat bill, which prevented abortions of babies whose cardiac activity has been detected in the womb, has been struck down by the SC Supreme Court saying that according to the state’s constitution, the law violates the “right to privacy.”  The decision reverts restrictions to a window of 20 weeks for a woman to have an abortion legally in the state.  The heartbeat bill, signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster in February of 2021, restricted the window to about six weeks as this is the timeframe it takes for a baby’s heart to begin beating.