Our formal South Carolina General Assembly session last week, but we were called back into session by Governor Henry McMaster. We spent the entire week in Columbia working on the ‘Fetal Heartbeat Bill’, which ended up passing on May 18.

The “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” restricts abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat and reinforces our unwavering dedication to upholding the most sacred and fundamental inalienable right—the right to life. In order for us to clarify abortion laws in the state, we passed S.474, a revised version of the “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” previously passed by the Senate.

After extensive deliberation during a special House Session that lasted over 25 hours, the bill was passed with a vote of 82-33. This underscores our resolute commitment to safeguarding the lives of the unborn and ensures that South Carolina does not become an abortion destination state.

S.474 introduces various changes to existing state legislation, including requirements for testing for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion, enhanced informed consent provisions, and exceptions for medical emergencies, sexual assault, and fatal fetal anomalies. The bill encompasses provisions related to state funds, health insurance coverage, and child support.

It is my honor to represent you, the citizens of District 97. Feel free to contact me at RobertRobbins@schouse.gov or 803-212-6973.