Protesting the passage of his state’s new heartbeat bill protecting unborn babies, South Carolina Democratic House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford proffered illogical and unscientific arguments in denying that they are alive.
The disconnect between those on opposing sides of the abortion issue became very apparent Wednesday when South Carolina Democratic Minority Leader Todd Rutherford walked out on what he called a “vote about pretend life” prior to a vote on a bill that bans abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat at around six weeks.
The bill passed overwhelmingly, even receiving the support of two Democratic lawmakers, and was promptly signed into law by Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. Planned Parenthood almost immediately sued, preventing the law from taking effect.
Rutherford accused his colleagues of “hypocrisy” for taking the vote when “there are real issues out there that are confronting us every day.” He said that “we don’t believe that life begins when science says it does not” and “we more firmly believe that we are here to take care of people.”
The bill that Rutherford was protesting against requires “testing for a detectable fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed on a pregnant woman, to prohibit the performance of an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.” The fact of the matter is that a human heart is detectable at roughly 6 weeks, hence the basis for the legislation. Rutherford’s argument, against a bill that proposes the detection of an existing human heartbeat and a ban on the stopping of that heartbeat, raises the question of when he believes human life begins and how he would classify these entities with heartbeats that have a distinct upper lip and nose by the eighth week of pregnancy and fingernails by the twelfth week.
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