Governor McMaster calling on court of appeals to review preliminary injunction of Fetal Heartbeat Act

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Governor Henry McMaster is calling on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a federal district court’s preliminary injunction of the state’s Fetal Heartbeat Act. A panel of three judges upheld the court’s ban in February. The governor is now asking to have that appeal reconsidered.

The Fetal Heartbeat Act bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks. Critics of the law say six weeks is before many people even know they’re pregnant.

“We’ve said we will take this case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do if we have to,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “There is no right more precious and more fragile than the right to life, and we will do everything in our power to protect it.”

Governor McMaster signed the bill into law last year, but it was blocked by a Planned Parenthood lawsuit.

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