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South Carolina bill bans abortions after heartbeat begins

(LifeNews) A new South Carolina bill would protect unborn babies from abortion after they have a detectable heartbeat.

State House Bill 3020, which already has more than 50 sponsors, was introduced Tuesday and sent to the House Committee on Judiciary, Fox 46 Charlotte reports.

It would require abortionists to test for a fetal heartbeat before every abortion and prohibit abortions if a heartbeat is detected. Exceptions would be allowed for medical emergencies.

An unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable by about six weeks of pregnancy, though new research suggests the heartbeat may begin as early as 18 days after conception.