South Carolina’s six-week abortion ban temporarily blocked

The six-week abortion ban enforcement has been temporarily blocked in South Carolina.
The six-week abortion ban enforcement has been temporarily blocked in South Carolina.(Mary Green)
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 11:45 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Judge Clifton Newman has temporarily blocked the six-week abortion ban.

The block comes one day after Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill into law. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic filed a lawsuit against the law calling it “unconstitutional.”

Judge Newman ordered abortion providers’ lawsuit challenging the law to be transferred to the state Supreme Court.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released a statement on the abortion ban:

“Today in South Carolina, Governor McMaster signed an extreme and dangerous abortion ban into law. If allowed to stand, South Carolina’s ban, like more than a dozen other bans currently in effect, will criminalize health care providers and cause delays and denials of health and life-saving care.

With the passage of abortion bans in states like Florida and North Carolina earlier this year, Republican officials are dismantling women’s rights across the South, putting their health and lives in jeopardy. South Carolina’s ban will cut off access to abortion for women in the state and those across the entire region for whom South Carolina is their closest option for care.

President Biden and Vice President Harris believe in the United States, reproductive health care should be protected in every state and doctors shouldn’t be threatened for providing essential care. They will continue to call on Congress to restore the protections of Roe in federal law – and oppose ongoing attempts by Republican elected officials to undermine Americans’ fundamental freedoms.”

Governor Henry McMaster made the following statement after Judge Newman’s ruling:

“We will continue fighting to protect the lives of the unborn in South Carolina and the constitutional law that protects them. I hope that the Supreme Court will take this matter up without delay.”

Governor McMaster also tweeted another statement hours later.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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