Staff reports | SC Governor Henry McMaster on Thursday signed an invoice who has effectively banned most abortions, one of his top priorities since taking office more than four years ago. Planned Parenthood Clinic for Women of the South Atlantic and Greenville immediately prosecuted in federal court to block it. A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. today on a temporary restraining order.
The new law prevents a woman from having an abortion as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, that is, only two weeks after a missed period. Critics say many women may not realize they are pregnant at six weeks.
“Important health care decisions should be made by individuals in consultation with their trusted medical providers and families, not by politicians,” said Dr. Katherine Farris, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. . “Abortion is an essential part of comprehensive reproductive health care, and everyone deserves to have access to the health care they need, without politicians controlling when, how and why.”
Several advocacy groups, including the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), have issued statements lambasting the law.
“We are outraged that elected officials ignored the will of the people by passing this dangerous and unconstitutional ban,” said WREN CEO Ann Warner. “We believe that every person in our state has the ability to make decisions about pregnancy and parenthood for themselves, and we will never stop fighting for their rights to do so. We demand that our lawmakers show us how much they care about our lives by prioritizing bills that will solve the real crises of our state, including maternal and infant mortality, unfair wage practices, unemployment and poverty. .
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