Governor Mark Sanford signed an abortion bill that would stall a woman from getting an abortion for a 24-hours. Sanford says that amount of time is good because it allows these women to think about what they are doing, giving them more time to review materials on abortion.
It’s about a pause, and again, it’s something that’s been passed in half the states in this country because folks say: “Wait a minute, this is a big decision, you ought to wait.” And, wherever you fall on whole life spectrum, some people are for it, some people against it, I don’t know who in the world could argue against the whole notion of simply saying: “Wait a minute, we ought to pause, this is a big decision.”
Sanford explains the reason for his signing of the bill:
It’s the whole question of reasonableness. Twenty-three other states have similar measures, wherein you just have to take a pause and make sure this is in fact what you want to do. It’s one of those permanent decisions, you can’t do a redo. It’s something that I think makes a lot of sense, a lot of folks worked awfully hard on that bill. It’s a step forward on this larger notion of life and liberty in the states.
The governor signed the bill Wednesday in Spartanburg. The legislation was passed by the General Assembly in June and originally called for a woman to also watch an ultrasound, but that requirement was dropped from the final version.
Anderson Republican Rep. Dan Cooper co-sponsored the bill. The group Planned Parenthood has fought the legislation, saying it’s an intrusion of a woman’s privacy.