Earlier this year, Tennessee was disqualified from receiving millions of federal dollars offered through a family planning program known as Title X.
‘You’re seeing a much more conservative trend in this country where there’s more hostility toward the federal funding on anything it proposes.’
They wrote that the ban should be interpreted to take effect after approximately nine weeks under the statute’s language, because that’s when most of the main parts of the eventual heart have developed.
South Carolina abortion ban with unclear ‘fetal heartbeat’ definition creates confusion, doctors say
A medical group says that while electronic impulses signifying ‘cardiac activity’ can be recognized early on, an actual heart is not detectable by ultrasound until roughly 17 to 20 weeks of gestational age.
At issue is money Planned Parenthood received for health services before Texas removed the organization from the state’s Medicaid program in 2021.
Fourteen states currently have bans on abortion at all stages of pregnancy, one when cardiac activity can be detected around six weeks, and three at 12 to 15 weeks.
A legal fight is widely expected in South Carolina.
Abortion is banned or severely restricted in much of the South.
Roe V. Wade has been overturned, but it wasn’t when this law passed.