COLUMBIA, September 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A woman conceived in rape told South Carolina lawmakers in a powerful speech that allowing abortion in the case of rape as part of their proposed “heartbeat” bill “tells people like me that you don’t deserve to be living, that you’re subhuman somehow.”
South Carolina lawmakers are currently debating whether to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, but before that happens pro-life activist Rebecca Kiessling is calling on them to revise their legislation to include children conceived in rape under its protection.
Introduced in January, H. 3020 requires anyone committing an abortion to first perform an ultrasound to test for a fetal heartbeat and offer to show the ultrasound images to the pregnant woman. If a heartbeat is found, aborting the baby anyway would subject the abortionist to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to two years in jail, except in cases of rape, incest, or physical medical threat to the mother.
The bill has cleared the state House and is now up for consideration before the Senate, where Kiessling, founder and president of the pro-life group Save the 1, testified last week against the rape exception lawmakers added in April.