Bill Summary: H.3020 would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Exemptions include medical procedures intended to prevent death or serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function, or to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from rape or incest. For performing an abortion outside of the exemption guidelines, a physician would be subject to criminal penalties. H.3020 would also permit the SC Attorney General to bring civil action against certain people who have abortions outside of the exemption guidelines.

We strongly oppose this legislation. In the interests of South Carolinians' health, safety, privacy and independence, the Legislature should block the passage of H.3020 and, instead, focus on expanding access to family planning, healthcare, social services, and other critical resources for healthy families. 


Passed one chamber


123, 2019-2020

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