South Carolina

A surge of restrictive state abortion bans take aim at Roe v. Wade

Pro-choice and abortion rights activists protesting outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pro-choice and abortion rights activists protesting outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Energized by the Supreme Court's solid conservative majority, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion measures into law on Thursday, criminalizing the procedure after the first detectable fetal heartbeat — which can be as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy.

The big picture: The "fetal heartbeat" measure, approved by the GOP-controlled legislature on Wednesday, prohibits abortion at a point when many women aren't even aware they are pregnant. The passage comes as a growing number of Republican-led state legislatures are unleashing a fierce assault on abortion rights by adopting similar bans.

There's a single Mega Millions winner in South Carolina

A computer screen showing the $1.6 billion jackpot.
A woman buying a Mega Millions ticket. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images

A single winning ticket for last night's record-breaking $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold in South Carolina, the AP reports.

Details: Lottery winners in South Carolina and seven other states are allowed to remain anonymous. The odds of matching all six winning numbers — which were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and a Mega Ball of 5 — were 1 in 302.5 million.