Gov. Henry McMaster signs South Carolina fetal heartbeat bill into law

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed the fetal heartbeat bill into  law.
Gov. Henry McMaster has signed the fetal heartbeat bill into law.(Gov. Henry McMaster)
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 10:54 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection From Abortion Act bill into law in a private, closed ceremony.

“With my signature, the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act is now law and will begin saving the lives of unborn children immediately,” said Governor Henry McMaster.

“This is a great day for life in South Carolina, but the fight is not over. We stand ready to defend this legislation against any challenges and are confident we will succeed. The right to life must be preserved, and we will do everything we can to protect it.” McMaster added.

According to officials with Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit organization promised to immediately file a lawsuit challenging it in state court.

Planned Parenthood’s previous challenge to South Carolina’s former six-week ban resulted in the state Supreme Court ruling in January it violated the state constitutional right to privacy.

The law is effective immediately.

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