Sean Rayford / Getty ImagesSouth Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster speaks to a crowd during an election night party for Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Nov. 3, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. (Sean Rayford / Getty Images)
A federal judge temporarily blocked South Carolina’s near-total abortion ban Friday barely a day after the governor signed it into law.
Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act into law Thursday after it overwhelmingly passed the state’s house Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day temporary restraining order on the law Friday after Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights announced they were suing to stop the bill from being implemented.
“We believe the Heartbeat Law is constitutional and deserves a vigorous defense to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary,” South Carolina