Frowning Faces, Ugly Places: Unconstitutional bill banning abortion signed into law – pro-freedom groups sue five seconds later
Columbia — It is no longer a great day in South Carolina.
Instead, it is an awful day in the state.
Henry McMaster, as promised, signed a totally unconstitutional bill banning abortion into law at about 13:25.
Roughly seconds later, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union among others, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new law.
The law states that rape victims can be denied their freedom if they object to their doctor reporting their names to law enforcement.
“This ban blatantly defies nearly fifty years of Supreme Court precedent protecting a person’s right to end a pregnancy,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of Center for Reproductive Rights. “Many states have passed similar bans in an attempt to send a Roe v Wade test case to the Supreme Court, but courts have blocked them all. Yet, the bans keep coming, even in the midst of a pandemic. This ban was the first bill filed in the South Carolina senate this year. There is a new administration in the White House, but reproductive rights are still under attack across the country. We expect many more anti-abortion laws to be passed this year and we will be in court to stop them.”
In 2019, Georgia passed a nearly identical law that was blocked in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.