Gov. Nikki Haley ceremoniously signed a law that bans most abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization.
She signed it Wednesday at a Christian school in Greenville County.
The law actually took effect with the governor’s signature two weeks ago after it was passed by both houses of the state legislature.
There are exceptions if mother’s life is in jeopardy or a doctor determines the fetus cannot survive outside the womb. Its definition of “fetal anomaly” makes it illegal to abort a fetus with a severe disability if the child could live. Such anomalies are generally detected around 20 weeks.
Supporters say the claim that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Opponents say later-term abortions usually happen with wanted pregnancies that go horribly wrong.