Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Effort to curb abortions in South Carolina fails

Effort to curb abortions in South Carolina fails

"We are deeply dismayed that the South Carolina Senate approved one of the most extreme anti-abortion bills in the country last night, which effectively bans women from accessing safe and legal abortion in our state", said Vicki Ringer, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood in South Carolina, in a statement Thursday afternoon.

The South Carolina Senate voted to outlaw nearly all abortions, with very few exceptions, on Wednesday night.

Reports say that the proposal would ban about 97 percent of abortions in the state. If they challenge the proposal, lawmakers say that will be an opportunity to also challenge and overturn Roe v. Wade.

"They were here en masse with no defection", Rankin said of the Democrats.

But there may have been more local political considerations too.

"The entire Democratic caucus voted against it, and all the Republicans needed was for one Democrat to leave for it to have passed".

The vote to finally end the debate came close to 1 a.m. Friday morning.

The S.C. Unborn Child Protection from Abortion Act is expected to challenge abortion rights if passed.

Several other states have further restricted abortions this year. Like the most recent and most notorious example, Iowa's proposed law (it is awaiting action from GOP governor Kim Reynolds) requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and then banning them when a fetal heartbeat is detected (as early as six weeks into a pregnancy), almost all of them violate federal constitutional precedents protecting the right to choose before fetal viability (usually about 24 weeks into pregnancy). Louisiana lawmakers are considering a similar proposal.

SC lawmakers are considering a ban on nearly all abortions in the state. But those states all provide immunity for a woman who has an abortion.

"South Carolina already has negative standings for health and women's health". It was used only 22 times in the 5,736 abortion procedures performed in the state past year.

In the procedure, a doctor pulls a fetus apart before removing it from the womb.

The leader of Republicans in the Senate welcomed the chance to challenge the 1973 abortion ruling.

Rep. Gary Simrill of Rock Hill said the bill only allowing abortions in cases of rape, incest or if mother's life is at risk is a diversion by senators from the real issue of banning dismemberment abortions.

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