South Carolina’s 6-week ban can continue for now, court rules

COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina can continue enforcing its six-week abortion ban after a judge on Tuesday denied a request to temporarily block it amid a legal battle that is now headed to the state Supreme Court.

since the US Supreme Court ended the federal right to the procedure last month, abortion rights advocates in conservative states have turned to state constitutions as they seek to protect abortion access. Action has returned to the state level in wake of the ruling in a Mississippi case that overturned Roe vs. Wade, a case that originated in Dallas County, as courts and legislatures are deluged with legal challenges and new proposals.

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Much of the action this week focuses on Indiana, where thousands of people argue the abortion issue surrounded the Indiana statehouse and filled its corridors Monday as lawmakers began consideration of a Republican proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state. Vice President Kamala Harris denied the effort during a meeting with Democratic legislators.

Also this week, lawmakers in West Virginia’s Republican majority are hurrying to advance legislation that would ban abortion in the state with few exceptions. The bill bars abortion in almost all cases and makes performing the procedure a felony. Physicians who provide abortions can face three to 10 years in prison.

Harris said during a trip to Indianapolis that the abortion ban proposal reflects a health care crisis in the country. Despite the bill’s abortion ban language, anti-abortion activists lined up before a legislative committee to argue that the bill wasn’t strict enough and lacked enforcement teeth.

Indiana is one of the first Republican-run state legislatures to debate tighter abortion laws following the US Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe vs. Wade.

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