This Act would create a well-regulated medical cannabis program to allow individuals with serious illnesses to use and safely access medical cannabis when recommended by their physicians.
Require testing for a detectable fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed on a pregnant woman and to prohibit the performance of an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, both with medical emergency exceptions, to require certain documentation and record keeping by physicians performing abortions, to create a civil action for a pregnant woman upon whom an abortion is performed, to create criminal penalties, and for other purposes.
Amend the Code of laws of SC, 1976, by adding section 44-6-38 so as to require the SC Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse practitioners for mental health telehealth services delivered to patients enrolled in Medicaid.
Provide additional penalties for persons who commit certain delineated crimes when the victim was intentionally selected based on certain factors, and to provide victims of such violation the option to bring a civil action for damages sustained.
The SC Fetal Heartbeat Protection from Abortion Act would ban abortions in the state once a heartbeat is detected (usually occurring around six to eight weeks into a woman’s pregnancy). The four exceptions to the ban are: in the case of rape, incest, a fetal anomaly, or if the mother’s life is threatened by her pregnancy.
“In our opinion, no money should be spared when it comes to the lives and economic lives of our citizens,” said Rep. Bill Herbkersman, chair of the Ways and Means health care subcommittee.
"Waiting any longer will only add to the suffering that is experienced by those who are plagued with debilitating illnesses. Passing this legislation is long overdue."
"Priority will be given to minority businesses, applicants that did not receive other assistance, such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan or other CARES funds, to businesses with 15 or fewer employees and to businesses that demonstrate the greatest financial need."
As Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Healthcare, I have been a steadfast champion of Telehealth. As a result, SC has made significant strides in this area, which has played a crucial role in circumventing many of the challenges related to the pandemic.
Adoption is one of the best, most pro-life solutions, yet continues to be overlooked. As it stands, the adoption process is too rigorous, expensive and lacks the transparency to be a viable option.
A special thank you to Van Phillips. Not only has he been an invaluable asset to my re-election campaign, Van was instrumental in researching and drafting this legislation.
The S1071 the “Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan” passed the SC House with a vote of 108-1. This bill provides for a supplemental insurance policy for both volunteer + career firefighters. As you can see by the graphic* above, the men + women in this line of duty are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer as a direct result of their service.
*courtesy of the South Carolina Firefighters website.