South Carolina Supreme Court Blocks Six Week Abortion Ban

Yesterday, the South Carolina Supreme Court temporarily blocked the state’s six week abortion ban from being enforced. The law ‘S.1’ has been in effect since June 27th when a judge lifted a federal court’s hold on the ban the week after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. The court made the unanimous ruling yesterday and said that there is ‘no opinion on the likelihood of success on the merits.’ ‘S.1’ was passed in 2021 and banned abortions once a ‘fetal heartbeat’ is detected which can be detected as early as four weeks and more commonly six weeks into pregnancy. Exceptions for the current law include fetal anomalies, risk to the life of the mother or in some cases rape or incest.