While other states debate abortion bans, S Carolina sits out

While other states debate abortion bans, S Carolina sits out
While nearby states are acting quickly to move more restrictive abortion laws through their legislatures, South Carolina lawmakers have barely touched the issue so far in 2019.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — While nearby states are acting quickly to move more restrictive abortion laws through their legislatures, South Carolina lawmakers have barely touched the issue so far in 2019.

Lawmakers have introduced at least nine different abortion bills in the South Carolina General Assembly in 2019, from a near outright ban on abortions to banning specific abortion methods.

None of them have received public hearing.

Legislatures in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Ohio are pushing forward bans on abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is about six weeks into a pregnancy.

Current South Carolina law allows abortions until the 20th week.

Lawmakers say they have been told there will be some hearings on abortion bills in South Carolina the next month.