SC 'fetal heartbeat' abortion bill on verge of passing Senate. Dems geared for battle

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban bill is at the precipice of passing the South Carolina Senate after senators voted to give it a second of three readings Wednesday. That means that the bill — which would stop most abortions at six weeks, before most women know they are pregnant — could pass the Senate Thursday. It would then need to pass the House to become law. The bill, S.1, would require doctors to perform an ultrasound to detect a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion. If a doctor were to find one and still go through with the procedure, they could face a felony ch…

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