The South Carolina House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually between the sixth and eighth week of pregnancy.
The state Senate, which gained three more Republican seats in the 2020 elections, passed the legislation at the end of January, as the Associated Press (AP) reported.
According to the report, most Democrats walked out of the House chamber in protest of the bill. During the walkout, Republicans eliminated more than 100 proposed amendments to the measure.
“This is the greatest pro-life bill this state has ever passed,” said State Rep. David Hiott (R) of Pickens.
State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg criticized Republicans.
“You love the fetus in the womb,” she said. “But when it is born, it’s a different reaction.”
State Rep. Melissa Lackey Oremus (R) of Aiken, however, told her story of becoming pregnant at age