SC Supreme Court Blocks Protections for Unborn Babies With Beating Hearts, Contemplates “Right” to Abortion


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South Carolina Voters’ Clear Will Disregarded

Washington, D.C.Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America expressed deep disappointment as the South Carolina Supreme Court temporarily blocked a state law that safeguards unborn children from abortion as soon as their heartbeat can be detected. The Court signaled erroneously that the state constitution may protect a privacy-based “right” to abortion and ignored South Carolina’s democratically enacted protections for life passed in 2021.

“The South Carolina Supreme Court even suggesting that a ‘right’ to abortion can be found in the South Carolina constitution is pure judicial activism and shows tremendous disrespect for the voters,” said SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Advances in science reveal the undeniable humanity of unborn children, who have beating hearts by six weeks, unique fingerprints forming by 10 weeks, and the ability to feel pain by 15 weeks. South Carolinians speaking through their elected lawmakers made it clear they want to protect unborn babies and their mothers from the violence of abortion, and leaders like Governor Henry McMaster have been their champion every step of the way. State courts must judge according to the laws, not their own preferred policy agenda. In this new era following the Dobbs victory, there is no excuse for such interference, and we stand with our allies fighting this egregious decision.”

Since the Dobbs decision, at least a dozen states have taken action to protect life. South Carolina’s heartbeat protections would impact more than 4,000 unborn babies a year according to the most recent data.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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