South Carolina House passes 6-week abortion ban

South Carolina is the only southern state that has not already enacted stricter rules on abortion since the fall of Roe v. Wade.
Posted at 2:19 PM, May 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-18 14:19:03-04

South Carolina's House of Representatives has passed a bill banning abortion at six weeks.

It will now go to the Senate, where the measure actually started. It was amended Wednesday by House Representatives, following 24 hours of debate in a special session called by Gov. Henry McMaster.

South Carolina is the only southern state that has not already enacted stricter rules on abortion since the fall of Roe v. Wade. That's due to disagreement on how far to go, as well as opposition by a group of five female lawmakers, calling themselves the Sister Senators. They're threatening to filibuster the bill that just cleared the House.

South Carolina Sens. Sandy Senn, left, Katrina Shealy, center and Penry Gustafson, right.

Republican women are helping block an abortion ban in South Carolina

The bill the women are blocking would ban abortion after conception and only allow the procedure in the first trimester in cases of rape or incest.


In other recent abortion news, North Carolina doubled down on a 12-week abortion ban. 

The Republican-led legislature used its supermajority to overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the measure. Before the override, state law banned abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest. 

On the other hand, some of the most lenient abortion legislation has been made in Florida, which bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and Virginia, which bans abortions after 26 weeks.

Protestors on both side of the abortion rights issue hold signs in Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina Republicans override veto, enact 12-week abortion ban

The override means almost all abortions will be banned after 12 weeks of pregnancy.


Meanwhile, regarding the abortion pill, mifepristone — Supreme Court justices agreed to stay a decision on the steps of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, per Scripps News' National Correspondent Alex Miller.

Records show there were four years between the FDA application and approval for the pill. However, anti-abortion advocates say it was approved too quickly and is not safe for women.

Although the appeals court won't give a decision right away, it will still likely bounce back up to the Supreme Court in the future.

The United States flag casts a shadow on the Supreme Court building

Judges to hear arguments on federal abortion pill appeal

Some are arguing mifepristone was not approved correctly by the FDA more than two decades ago, and that it should be banned nationwide.