U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis granted a preliminary injunction, which will provide a more lasting halt to the ban than when she issued a brief temporary restraining order against it in February, one day after Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed it into law.
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While U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis decides whether to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the law, her temporary restraining order that halted the ban last month remains in effect until next week.
The bill is now set to clear a final procedural hurdle on Feb. 18 and head to the desk of Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, who has repeatedly vowed to sign it, which will kick off certain legal battles.
After past failed attempts, this appears to be the year the so-called "heartbeat bill" will be signed into law in South Carolina. Reporter Jamie Lovegrove shares why and law expert Mary Ziegler lays out why a court battle will follow.
After around 2½ hours of debate, the House Judiciary Committee voted 15-8 in favor of the so-called "fetal heartbeat" bill, which would ban abortions after around six to eight weeks of pregnancy.
After years of trying and failing, Republicans in the South Carolina Senate successfully passed a bill to ban most abortions Thursday, pushing the state closer than ever to what is expected to become a lengthy legal battle over the proposal.