South Carolina lawmakers pass a bill banning almost all abortions after a heartbeat can be detected.
The state’s House Judiciary Committee advanced the legislation Tuesday in a 15 to 7 vote after hours of debate.
The legislation only includes exemptions for women who are pregnant following rape or incest.
A fetal heartbeat can be detected typically around six weeks into the pregnancy, which is before many women even know they are pregnant.
If the bill is passed, any doctor or medical professional who chooses to perform an abortion on a fetus with a detectable heartbeat could face a $10,000 fine and up to two years behind bars.
The bill now heads to the House floor where leftist lawmakers are expected to put up another fight.