20 states support South Carolina’s Fetal Heartbeat Bill appeal

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20 states support South Carolina's Fetal Heartbeat Bill appeal

Alabama State Attorney General Steve Marshall filed an amicus brief in support of South Carolina’s appeal of the preliminary injunction placed on the Fetal Heartbeat Bill.

“South Carolina’s fetal heartbeat law was struck down in an error-filled district court opinion,” Marshall said in a press release. “Although Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs challenged only the law’s regulation of abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, the district court enjoined the law in its entirety — including portions of the law that dozens of other states already have and regularly enforce.”

These include requirements in at least 24 states for abortion providers to offer to display ultrasound images, a requirement in at least 17 states that abortion providers make the fetal heartbeat audible if the pregnant mother would like to hear it and a requirement in at least 13 states for an ultrasound to be performed before an abortion, Marshall said in a press release.

South Carolina’s challenge of the injunction was filed last Wednesday and argues that the plaintiffs lacked the legal standing to bring a lawsuit and that the federal district court made an error in disregarding the bill’s severability clause and placing the injunction on the entire bill.

Gov. Henry McMaster had signed the bill on February 18 and the Fetal Heartbeat Bill was challenged in court the next day. A preliminary injunction was placed on the bill on March 19.

The amicus brief was signed by attorneys general from 19 other states. These 20 states are:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

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This post originally posted here usnews

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