Governor McMaster announces plans to revisit abortion law during State of the State address

Gov. McMasters announced during the State of The State Address that he plans to file for a rehearing on the state's controversial abortion law
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 6:59 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Governor Henry McMaster gave his 2023 State of the State address on Wednesday night, where he talked about multiple topics, including the recent South Carolina Supreme Court ruling on the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act.

Earlier this month, the court struck down the state’s six-week abortion ban saying the law violates constitutional privacy rights.

McMaster argued against the ruling during his address, saying, “the court’s decision is at odds with the law and the facts, and the lead opinion’s results-oriented reasoning threatens to disrupt our constitutional separation of powers.”

McMaster stated that he plans to file a petition for a rehearing next week.

“When I signed the Heartbeat Act into law, I was confident that it was constitutional,” McMaster said. “I still am.”

In addition to his comments on the recent ruling, he also talked about the economy, increasing pay for teachers, workforce scholarships and infrastructure. He posted some of his key points to social media following the speech.

Following McMaster’s address, Senator Ronnie Sabb gave the Democratic response. The Senate Democrats shared his key points on social media during his speech.