South Carolina to introduce ban on aborting babies with beating hearts

    Updated: December 5, 2018 at 9:50 pm EST  See Comments

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    COLUMBIA, South Carolina, December 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life lawmakers in South Carolina plan to hit the ground running in the new legislative session by attempting to pass a law that would protect the majority of pre-born babies in the state from being aborted.

    Starting in January, several Republicans plan to push for a ban on aborting babies with detectable heartbeats, the Greenville News reports, a ban on dilation and evacuation (D&E) or dismemberment abortions, and a Personhood Act expressly protecting a right to life from conception onward. Pre-born babies’ hearts finish forming around seven or eight weeks into pregnancy.​​

    More than 60 percent of South Carolina’s abortions last year were committed after six weeks of gestation or post-fertilization, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    The state currently allows abortion through the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. In October, it stripped Planned Parenthood of “family planning” subsidies. In May, a state Senate vote effectively killed a bill that would have banned almost all abortions.

    “It’s a common-sense bill. If a heart stops beating permanently, the person is dead,” said state Rep. John McCravy, a Republican. “Common sense should tell us that when a heart is beating, we have a precious

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