South Carolina Legislature
South Carolina Legislature

House Amendment 731
S 474 - Session 125 (2023-2024)
Abortion - Fetal Heartbeat

Current Amendment: 731 to Bill 474

Rep. King and Bamberg propose the following amendment (LC-474.HA0911H):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, SECTION 2 by striking Section 44-41-610(5) and inserting:

 (5) "Fetal anomaly" means that, in reasonable medical judgment, the fetus has a congenital or chromosomal anomaly.

To amend the bill further, as and if amended, by striking subsections 44-41-660(A) and (B)(1) and inserting:

 (A) It is not a violation of Section 44-41-630 if an abortion is performed or induced on a pregnant woman due to the existence of a fetal anomaly. Section 44-41-630 does not apply to a physician who performs or induces an abortion if the physician or person determines according to standard medical practice that there exists a fetal anomaly.

 (B)(1) A person who performs or induces an abortion based upon the existence of a fetal anomaly shall make written notations in the pregnant woman's medical records of:

   (a) the presence of a fetal anomaly;

   (b) the nature of the fetal anomaly;

   (c) the medical rationale for making the determination that with or without the provision of life-preserving treatment life after birth would be unsustainable.