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SC Lede: COVID-19 — First In The South... And Country

South Carolina state senators this week approved the so-called "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban bill by a vote of 30-13. The bill would outlaw abortion at around six to eight weeks when an embryo's heartbeat can be detected.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 30, 2021, features: an in-depth look at the trip the so-called "fetal heartbeat" abortion bill took through the State Senate this week; South Carolina became the first state in the country to detect the South African variant of COVID-19; updates from DHEC on the pandemic; and more.

Join us for a South Carolina Lede Zoom Happy Hour on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. Host Gavin Jackson and guests will discuss the first few weeks of the legislative sessions as well as politics at large in the Palmetto State. You can RSVP here.

And we want to hear from you! Leave us a 1-minute long voicemail at 803-563-7169 to tell us how you’re coping with COVID-19, what your life is like in quarantine, and what are you watching, reading, and doing during this time of social distancing.

You can keep up with the latest updates on COVID-19 in South Carolina on the SCETV coronavirus page here.

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Gavin Jackson graduated with a visual journalism degree from Kent State University in 2008 and has been in the news industry ever since. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana and most recently in South Carolina at the Florence Morning News and Charleston Post and Courier.