Governor Mark Sanford was in Spartanburg Wednesday, for a ceremonial signing of a bill that establishes a 24-hour period before an abortion can be administered. The law requires that a woman considering an abortion must wait a day, so that she would have time to review materials explaining what an abortion is. The legislation was passed by the General Assembly in June and originally called for a woman to watch an ultrasound but that requirement was dropped from the final version.
The ceremony was held at the Carolina Pregnancy Center.
Sanford says in the United States about a quarter of all pregnancies end in abortion while in South Carolina around 10 percent of pregnancies end in abortion.
I believe life is sacred, and in the debate over when life begins, I think we as a society should always err on the side of life. Given current federal law, I think it’s imperative that a decision of this magnitude only be made with the fullest and most accurate knowledge available. It’s our hope and expectation that this new law results in a substantial decrease in the number of abortions carried out in South Carolina. Accordingly, I’d give credit to Senator Kevin Bryant on the legislative side, and on the ‘grassroots’ side I’d thank Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, Lisa Van Riper, Alexia Newman here at the Carolina Pregnancy Center, and a host of others for the work they put into this.
Senator Kevin Bryant chaired the conference committee that worked on a compromise proposal.
Among those joining the governor was Lisa Van Riper, president of South Carolina Citizens for Life.
We can no longer deny, with the information we now have from ultrasounds and surgery before a child is born, that we are not dealing with a glob of tissue. We are dealing with a developing human being, and we have a moral obligation to that human being.
Anderson Republican Representative Dan Cooper co-sponsored the bill. The group Planned Parenthood has fought the legislation, saying it’s an intrusion into a woman’s privacy.