How abortion now works in South Carolina

‘Abortion is health care’

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade June 24, state abortion laws, particularly in red, Southern states, changed rapidly. In South Carolina, for example, the ruling triggered a 6-week “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban and now, some lawmakers want a total ban.

“The laws are designed to be very difficult for people to understand,” said a North Carolina staffer at the two-state Carolina Abortion Fund (CAF) who wanted to be on record simply as Justine.

North Carolina’s Dr. Katherine Farris, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, added, “[Legislators] are saying they know better, and they don’t. They don’t have the training. They don’t have the expertise. And more important than either of those, they don’t have any compassion or care for what patients are going through.

“To be clear, abortion is health care. It should not be treated this way … Legislators should not be able to insert themselves into the conversation.”

Right now, abortion is still legal in South Carolina, though procedures can only be performed when no fetal cardiac activity is detected, which typically begins around six weeks of pregnancy. 

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