Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization.
The only exceptions are if the mother's life is in jeopardy or a doctor determines the fetus can't survive outside the womb.
Doctors face up to $10,000 in fines and 3 years in prison for each violation; prison time is mandatory on a third conviction.
These bans are now in effect in at least 13 states and blocked by court challenges in several others. South Dakota's ban takes effect July 1.
Women nationwide have the right to obtain abortions under the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which said states...