The South Carolina state Supreme Court found that a fetal heartbeat law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy violated privacy rights in the state constitution.
Writing for the majority, Justice Kaye Hearn said, "We hold that the decision to terminate a pregnancy rests upon the utmost personal and private considerations imaginable, and implicates a woman’s right to privacy. While this right is not absolute and must be balanced against the State’s interest in protecting unborn life, this Act, which severely limits—and in many instances completely forecloses—abortion, is an unreasonable restriction upon a woman’s right to privacy, and is therefore unconstitutional." Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.
The heartbeat law went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade decision in June 2022, ending federal constitutional protections for abortion rights. Abortion providers in the state challenged the law the state Supreme Court subsequently blocked it from taking effect.