South Carolina’s stringent abortion ban suspended by judge a day after becoming law

South Carolina’s stringent new law banning most abortions was suspended by a federal judge Friday on its second day in effect. Judge Mary Geiger Lewis halted its enforcement by issuing a temporary restraining order ahead of a March 9 hearing on Planned Parenthood’s legal challenge. The new law states that “no person shall perform, induce, or attempt to perform or induce an abortion” where the “fetal heartbeat has been detected.” Gov. Henry McMaster signed it into effect Thursday less than an hour after it was sent to him. Planned Parenthood rushed to court, asking for the preliminary injunctio…

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