South Carolina

In January 2015, South Carolina Representative Wendy Nanney introduced an unconstitutional 20-week ban on abortion. The bill bans all abortion care beginning at 22 weeks dating from a woman’s last menstrual period (or 20 weeks post-fertilization). As introduced, the bill contained exceptions only to save a woman’s life or to prevent the risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including mental health. The bill was amended in May 2016 to add an exception for lethal fetal anomalies. Governor Nikki Haley signed the law into immediate effect in May 2016.

Restrictions: 
Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability
Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or physical (but not mental) health
Requires second physician to certify necessity of abortion

South Carolina

Enacted legislation:

In January 2015, South Carolina Representative Wendy Nanney introduced an unconstitutional 20-week ban on abortion. The bill bans all abortion care beginning at 22 weeks dating from a woman’s last menstrual period (or 20 weeks post-fertilization). As introduced, the bill contained exceptions only to save a woman’s life or to prevent the risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including mental health. The bill was amended in May 2016 to add an exception for lethal fetal anomalies. Governor Nikki Haley signed the law into immediate effect in May 2016.

Pending legislation:

In January 2019, South Carolina Representative John McCravy (R-013) introduced H 3020  to ban abortions upon detection of fetal heartbeat. The bill contains narrow health and life exceptions, in addtion to bias counseling requirements. 

Similar legislation, S 32, was introduced by in the Senate by Senator Lawrence Grooms (R-037). This version also contains a trigger ban that would allow the Attorney General to reinstate enjoined parts of the state’s abortion laws should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

Restrictions: Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability | Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or physical (but not mental) health | Requires second physician to certify necessity of abortion