SC House debates heartbeat abortion bill unlikely to pass

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has started begun a bill that would ban almost all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

But unlike efforts in other states, this ban has little chance of passing in 2019.

A heartbeat typically can be detected around the sixth week of pregnancy, so early that many women aren’t yet aware they’re pregnant.

Proponents of the bill say all life should be considered sacred once a heartbeat can be detected.

Advocates on both sides are anticipating an extensive debate Wednesday. Supporters will need a two-thirds vote from the House and the less conservative Senate ahead of a legislative deadline.

Other states like Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia have passed heartbeat abortion bills this year.

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