The South Carolina state legislature passed a major piece of legislation Wednesday banning nearly all abortions in the state — and now the bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
The bill, known as the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act,” passed the state House by a vote of 79 to 35 Wednesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. Late last month, the state Senate voted 30 to 13 in favor of the proposal.
Under the legislation, doctors are required to perform ultrasounds on pregnant mothers seeking an abortion to check if the baby has a heartbeat. Should a heartbeat be detected, the abortion is outlawed except for in rare cases where the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest or the mother’s life is in danger. . .
The State reported that nearly every Democratic member of the House walked out of the chamber as the bill was taken up for debate on Wednesday. Only a few Democrats remained in the chamber for the debate.
One lawmaker, Rep. Jonathan Hill, even stormed out of the building while tossing his amendments to the proposal up in the air. As he left, Republican House Speaker Jay Lucas reportedly said, “If you want to engage in such childish behavior the sergeants will make sure you’re not here with us.”
Rep. Jonathon Hill just stormed out of the House chamber and tossed up all the amendments he was not allowed to file and speak on. “If you want to engage in such childish behavior” the sgts will make sure you’re not here with us,” says @schousespeaker. pic.twitter.com/L0zgytkh03
— Maayan Schechter (@MaayanSchechter) February 17, 2021
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