A judge temporarily halted South Carolina’s law that would ban most abortions at 6 weeks, a day after it was signed

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Demonstrators watch a live video feed of state Senate proceedings before the body passed a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy at the South Carolina Statehouse on May 23, 2023 in Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a new restrictive abortion law on Thursday without any notice. 
The new law would ban most abortions after six weeks.
Just a day later, a state judge ruled to temporarily halt the new restrictive law. 

A South Carolina judge temporarily halted the state’s new restrictive abortion bill just one day after Gov. Henry McMaster signed it into law, NBC News reported. 

The law, which bans most abortions around six weeks of pregnancy was signed on Thursday. By Friday, Judge Clifton Newman ruled to temporarily revert back to the state’s previous law of banning abortions after 20 weeks. 

“The status quo should be maintained until the Supreme Court reviews its decision,” Newman said, according to PBS. “It’s going to end up there.”

South Carolina’s restrictive law is just one of many across the country after the Supreme Court’s ruling to  overturn Roe v. Wade last June.  

NBC News reported that the newer restrictive bill, which was signed without any notice, put dozens of woman and doctors in a tough spot potentially making it that an abortion became illegal as it was being performed. 

“It’s extraordinarily difficult not only for the women themselves, but for their doctors — not just the doctors at Planned Parenthood — but hospitals all across the state who need to understand what to do in an emergency,” Vicki Ringer, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood in South Carolina told NBC News. 

The law signed by McMaster was first passed in the state’s General Assembly earlier in the week. The bill is similar to one the state tried to enact in 2021, that would have ultimately banned abortions after a heartbeat was detected, around six weeks into a pregnancy. 

That state’s Supreme Court eventually struck down that law ruling that it violated rights to privacy. The bill signed by McMaster was very similar to the 2021 law but had technical tweaks that could potentially sway the State’s Supreme Court to rule in its favor, PBS reported.

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