Public hearing on South Carolina anti-abortion bill set for Tuesday

South Carolina lawmakers are set to consider a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. (Cropped Photo: Wolfgang Moroder / CC BY-SA 3.0)

A public hearing will be held Tuesday by a subcommittee of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee regarding the "South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat Protection From Abortion Act."

Under the bill, there would be required testing to detect a heartbeat before an abortion is performed on a pregnant woman in South Carolina.

If made law, the bill would prohibit abortions when a heartbeat is detected, unless exceptions are necessary for medical emergencies.

The bill also calls for required record keeping by physicians who perform the abortion, which could be used to create a civil action case and criminal penalties against the woman who had the abortion.

Another requirement of the bill would be mandatory reporting of fetal heartbeat testing and patient medical condition data to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The public hearing will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m in Room 105 at the Gressette Building in Columbia.

Although no walk-up testimonies will be allowed, speaking requests and written comments can be emailed at or mailed to:

  • SC Senate Medical Affairs Committee
    Attention: Research Director
    PO Box 142, 412 Gressette Building
    Columbia, SC 29202

All electronic and written correspondence must be received by Tuesday, October 1st.