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Abortions Drop Nearly 80% in South Carolina Thanks to New Heartbeat Law

Matt Lamb : Jun 20, 2024  LifeSiteNews.com

South Carolina's heartbeat law is "saving thousands of innocent lives," a spokesperson for Gov. Henry McMaster said, adding that the governor looks forward to "a day where no one seeks an abortion."

(Columbia, SC) — [LifeSiteNews.com] South Carolina's protections for babies once their heartbeats can be detected has reduced abortions by about 80 percent, according to the latest numbers from the state. (Screengrab image)

The heartbeat law officially went into effect in August 2023. The state's Department of Health and Environmental Control has two reports for that year, one that includes January 1 through August 22, and one that runs from August 23 until the end of the year.

"The abortion restriction bans most abortions after about six weeks' gestation, with exceptions for rape or incest up to 12 weeks, as well as for 'fatal fetal anomalies'," or when allegedly "necessary" for the mother's health, LifeSiteNews previously reported.

There were 7,397 abortions between January 1 and August 22, which is about eight full months. This works out to 924 abortions per month. In contrast, there were 790 abortions between August 23 and December 31, which works out to about 198 abortions per month, or a 79% reduction.

READ: Iowa pregnancy center helps mother save unborn baby with abortion pill reversal program

Babies younger than six weeks do not have any legal protections. Pro-lifers, however, stress that life begins at conception and that direct abortion is never "medically necessary," as numerous medical experts have also attested. Pro-lifers further emphasize that the conditions of conception do not determine someone's worthiness for protection.

Nevertheless, rape, incest, and "medical emergencies" were rarely cited as reasons for abortions in South Carolina... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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