Senator Mia McLeod wants the state to (rightfully) reimburse pregnant people for being forced (or coerced) to give birth

by jovan1984

Columbia — A bill that’s been prefiled for the 2020 state legislative session aims to force anti-choice politicians walk the walk instead of just talking the talk.

S. 928, prefiled by state Senator Mia McLeod, would reimburse pregnant people who were forced or coerced into giving birth.

S. 928, also known as the Pro Birth Accountability Act, is in response to an unconstitutional state bill (currently in the Senate) that would ban all abortions in the state, with no exceptions whatsoever.

As Rewire mentions, this bill illustrates several key points in reimbursing pregnant people:

• That from a medical perspective, there is no dispute that a six-week-old embryo cannot exist outside of the womb;

• That South Carolina has deemed the development of a six-week old embryo governmentally more important than the life and rights of pregnant people; and

• That the six-week ban will force pregnant people who otherwise could have elected an abortion to act as a gestational surrogate for the state of South Carolina, which cannot itself physically conceive or carry a child.

And here’s the biggest point: “just as South Carolina may not constitutionally use a citizen’s rental property without just compensation, it may not constitutionally require a woman to incubate a child without appropriate compensation.”

This bill would also require the state to make public assistance available for pregnant people for 18 years – and should the pregnant person or the child be disabled, the state would be responsible for the medical costs associated with the disability.

A novel concept. Something that’s very foreign to the old boys and girls club in the South Carolina legislature these days.

Of course, this bill has language similar to laws across the European Union, which actually cares about children. By the rankings, South Carolina does not care one iota about children.

Neither S. 928 nor the ban on abortion is expected to pass the legislature next year. But S. 928 could be used as a model bill by pro-child states like New York and (soon) Virginia.