A bill which would effectively ban abortions in South Carolina advanced to the Senate floor on Tuesday, although it will face stiff resistance from moving forward there.
Lead sponsor State Sen. Richard Cash, R-Anderson, said the goal is to have the potential law’s constitutionality challenged and brought to the U.S. Supreme Court for an updated ruling since its landmark Roe v. Wade decision essentially legalized abortion in 1973.
“We’ve had 45 years of Roe v. Wade. Some people think it can’t be changed, it set a precedent,” he said during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. “In fact, history shows that Supreme Court rulings can be changed and can be reversed. This will give them a chance to reverse it. We are trying to challenge the Supreme Court on their fundamental error that an unborn human being is not a person.”
The legislation defines human life as beginning at fertilization and provides legal protections to a fertilized egg or fetus. It is commonly known as the “Personhood” bill. [Read more…]