December 10, 2014 — South Carolina lawmakers last week pre-filed seven antiabortion-rights measures after several such bills were stalled in the state Legislature last year, the Huffington Post reports.
The bills include a "personhood" measure (S 129) that would effectively ban abortion at any point of gestation, another (S 96) that would prohibit abortion in many cases once a fetal heartbeat is detectable and other bills (S 28, S 130) that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks, as well as an additional bill (S 92) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital (Lachman, Huffington Post, 12/8). Another measure (S 34) would restrict medication abortion.
The bills have all been referred to subcommittees, WCBD News reports (Alba, WCBD News, 12/5).
State Sen. Lee Bright (R), who filed five of the seven proposed measures, said he planned to "see which [bill] gets the most traction," adding that while he was "most passionate" about the personhood bill, he thought that the admitting privileges requirement was the most likely to succeed (Huffington Post, 12/8).
Separately, Alyssa Miller, Planned Parenthood's director of public affairs for South Carolina, said the bills are unconstitutional, adding, "If these bills were to pass, it's not just women that would be negatively impacted; it's the entirety of families in South Carolina" (WCBD News, 12/5). She noted that "[n]one of these extreme pieces of legislation will prevent any unintended pregnancies" (Huffington Post, 12/8).