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Republicans’ Near Total Abortion Ban Is Dead in South Carolina—for Now

Apr 15, 2019

By Auditi Guha

South Carolina Republicans’ near total ban on abortion likely won’t pass through the legislature this year, advocates told Rewire.News.

Introduced in January, the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat Protection From Abortion Act” is an attempt to criminalize abortion six weeks into pregnancy, before many know they are pregnant. The legislation is part of a nationwide GOP effort to push a six-week ban to the U.S. Supreme Court, where they hope conservative justices will deem the law constitutional and effectively end legal abortion in the United States.

An attempt to ban abortion six weeks into pregnancy could return to the GOP-dominated South Carolina legislature in 2020, pro-choice advocates said.

Eme Crawford, communications director at Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, told Rewire.Newthat similar South Carolina bills have died in the past few years, and advocates expect this one will too since it did not pass April 10 crossover deadline, which was the cutoff for when a piece of legislation can move from one chamber to the other.

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