SC Senate passes 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban bill after female members decry it

COLUMBIA, S.C. — With only three days of debate, South Carolina’s Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which happens at about six weeks. The bill — which would limit the period that abortions can be performed to a time before many women even know they’re pregnant — passed with a vote of 30 to 13. Sen. Kent Williams, a Democrat from Marion, voted with Republicans in favor of the issue and Sen. Sandy Senn, a Charleston Republican, voted against the bill, becoming the lone members of their parties to cross the aisle. The proposal now…

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