Attorneys General in 20 states and Washington D.C. on Wednesday filed an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge against South Carolina’s controversial abortion ban.
The Attorneys General says that the fetal heartbeat law is unconstitutional and harms women.
“The unlawful efforts by South Carolina and other states to deny individuals their constitutionally-guaranteed rights through ‘heartbeat’ laws will not go unchallenged,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit immediately after Republican Governor Henry McMaster signed it in February.
The law is currently blocked until the United States Supreme Court hears a case involving Mississippi’s abortion law in which the state has asked the court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“History shows that people will cross state lines to receive proper care,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said. “As a result, South Carolina’s restrictive abortion laws will cause many of its citizens to seek abortion care in Amici States — potentially straining their healthcare systems.”
Republican-led states are moving to implement restrictive abortion measures. Republican legislators have vowed to use Texas’ six-week abortion ban as a model for future legislation. Arkansas, Florida, and Missouri have expressed their commitment to reviewing the law as a step toward creating their own unique bill.
“What they did in Texas was interesting, but I haven’t really been able to look at enough about it,” Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said. “They’ve basically done this through private right of action. So, it’s a little bit different than how a lot of these debates have gone. So we’ll have to look, I’m going to look more significantly at it.”