SC pro-life and pro-choice groups keeping a close eye on new abortion laws in other states

Updated: May. 21, 2019 at 8:28 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Pro-life groups like the South Carolina Citizens For Life say 2020 will be a big year for the abortion debate in the Palmetto State.

Holly Gatling is the Executive Director. She said, “Our motto is the first civil right is the right to life. Without the right to life, there are no other rights.”

She and other pro-life advocates believe the ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill has a good chance at passing next year.

The South Carolina Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (SC WREN) told us they will continue to fight any abortion restriction legislation in the Palmetto State. CEO Ann Warner said, “Women have the capacity, the moral capacity, the intellectual capacity, to make the decisions that are right for them and their families.”

The House passed the fetal heartbeat bill this year. The bill will be revisited by Senators in January when lawmakers reconvene.

This year alone, 8 states have passed some form of abortion restrictions. Last week, Alabama’s governor signed a bill that would effectively ban abortions in the state.

Gatling and Warner said what happens in other states could dictate how the debate shapes up in January. “We want the abortion debate on the front burner. Because it keeps the life of the unborn child, the humanity of the unborn child in the forefront of the public,” Gatling said.

SC WREN said they will be working all summer to educate the public and lawmakers on this issue.

Warner said, “Reproductive health care is an issue that should be up at the discretion of women and their families those most affected by this decision and not lawmakers trying to score political points.”

Louisiana could be the next state to pass a fetal heartbeat bill. Senators passed their version of the bill last week and the House will take it up in the near future. Their governor has vowed to sign the legislation if it makes it to his desk.

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