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The second year of South Carolina' two-year legislative session began on January 9, 2018. For bills carried over from the 2017 session, please view our archive here.

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S. 217 ⎯ "Personhood Act of South Carolina"

Bill Text

A bill that would ban all safe and legal abortion and threaten access to infertility treatment, miscarriage management, and many common and effective forms of birth control. This bill would have major ramifications for the full spectrum of reproductive health care.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/21/18

H. 3548 ⎯ Method Ban

Bill Text

This bill would ban the most common and one of the safest methods of second-trimester abortions unless another risky procedure is performed on women. This procedure would not improve the medical care of the woman, but would instead place her health and potentially her life in jeopardy. We believe medical care and procedures should be determined by physicians and their patients. Government intrusion into doctors’ medical practices is a serious overreach.

Last Action: Passed Senate Medical Affairs Committee on 3/1/18; Sent to Senate Floor

H. 4833 ⎯ Fetal Anomaly Abortion Ban

Bill Text

Abortion for fetal anomaly is chosen for many reasons, but women most often say they didn’t want their babies to suffer excruciating pain, even if they did live at childbirth. Frequently fetal anomalies are not diagnosed until the 20th week of pregnancy or later. This bill would remove the fetal anomaly exception from the 20-week ban and ban all abortions, no matter which trimester, for fetal anomaly. Women would be forced to carry fetuses to term that may have no chance at life because of a fatal disorder or malformation. This can cause risk to the woman’s health and may impact her ability to have children in the future.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 2/1/18