SC bill would prevent abortion if fetal heartbeat detected

A bill introduced in the South Carolina House this week would prohibit an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

House Bill 3020, which was read for the first time Jan. 8, 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 was pre-filed on Dec. 18, 2018 and has more than 50 sponsors. It's now sitting in the House Committee on Judiciary.

This story was reported on from Charlotte, N.C.