The bill, which was signed on Thursday, would prohibit abortion as soon as cardiac activity can be detected with an ultrasound, except in cases of rape, incest or when a mother’s life is in danger.

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, opponents of a bill banning abortions in South Carolina after a fetal heartbeat is detected wore similar buttons at a state Senate subcommittee public hearing in Columbia, South Carolina. A group of South Carolina senators are expected to take another step toward banning almost all abortions in the state. The Senate Medical Affairs Committee is expected to pass a “heartbeat abortion” bill Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)