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SC bill would prevent abortion if fetal heartbeat detected

Posted January 16, 2019 9:11 a.m. EST

— A bill read for the first time in the South Carolina House would prohibit an abortion when a fetal heartbeat was detected.

NBC Charlotte reported the legislation introduced on Jan. 9, 2019, would "require testing for a detectable fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed on a pregnant woman" and "prohibit the performance of an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, both with medical emergency exceptions."

The bill, which was pre-filed on Dec. 18, 2018, has more than 50 sponsors. It's now sitting in the House Committee on Judiciary.

Similar "heartbeat bills" have been introduced in other states, including Kentucky, Iowa and Ohio.