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States Take Stand in Fight Over South Carolina Abortion Law

Sept. 9, 2021, 2:25 PM

Virginia, California, New York, D.C., and 17 other states added their voices to those of providers opposed to South Carolina’s ban on abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected.

The states filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to give a “broader perspective” on the heartbeat law’s impact. They are urging the appeals court to uphold a lower court order that’s keeping the law from taking effect.

South Carolina’s law is similar to a Texas law currently in the spotlight, as it prohibits women from ending pregnancies after they hit ...