Current Status Bill Number:
3502Ratification Number: 33Act Number: 11Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19970220Primary Sponsor: Judiciary Committee HJ 25All Sponsors: Judiciary CommitteeDrafted Document Number: gjk\20144sd.97Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19970314Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19970326Subject: Partial-birth abortion, unlawful; Medical, Acts Cited by Popular Name, Crimes and Offenses
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19970423 Act No. A11 ------ 19970326 Signed by Governor ------ 19970325 Ratified R33 Senate 19970314 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 19970313 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19970314 Senate 19970312 Committee report: Favorable 13 SMA Senate 19970304 Introduced, read first time, 13 SMA referred to Committee House 19970228 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19970227 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19970228 House 19970227 Request for debate withdrawn by Representative Allison Scott Easterday Altman Mason R. Smith Beck Miller Rodgers House 19970226 Objection by Representative Cobb-Hunter Kennedy House 19970226 Request for debate by Representative Scott Easterday Allison R. Smith Mason Rodgers Altman Mack Beck Miller House 19970220 Introduced, read first timeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A11, R33, H3502)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-41-85 SO AS TO MAKE THE PERFORMING OF A PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION UNLAWFUL AND A FELONY, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION, TO GRANT TO CERTAIN PERSONS A CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST THE PHYSICIAN OR OTHER PERSON UNLAWFULLY PERFORMING A PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION, AND TO STIPULATE THE TYPES OF DAMAGES WHICH MAY BE OBTAINED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Partial-birth abortion unlawful; penalties and sanctions
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 44-41-85. (A) A physician who knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and thereby kills a human fetus is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not less than five years, or both. This section shall not apply to a partial-birth abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, a physical illness, or a physical injury if no other medical procedure would suffice for that purpose.
(B) As used in this section:
(1) the term 'partial-birth abortion' means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery.
(2) the term 'physician' means a physician, surgeon, or osteopath authorized to practice medicine in this State and licensed pursuant to Chapter 47 of Title 40. However, an individual who is not a physician, but who directly and knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion is also subject to the provisions of this section.
(C)(1) The father, if married to the mother at the time she receives a partial-birth abortion, and if the mother has not attained the age of eighteen years at the time of the abortion, the maternal grandparents of the fetus have a cause of action against the physician or other person unlawfully performing a partial-birth abortion and may obtain appropriate relief, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion.
(2) Such relief includes, but is not limited to:
(a) actual damages which shall be trebled;
(b) punitive damages for all injuries, psychological and physical, occasioned by the violation of this section; and
(c) reasonable costs and attorney's fees.
(D) A woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed may not be prosecuted for a violation of this section, for a conspiracy to violate this section, or for any other offense which is based on a violation of this section."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 26th day of March, 1997.