Planned Parenthood Sues South Carolina over ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law

Planned Parenthood Sues South Carolina over ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law


Planned Parenthood and a local abortion clinic filed a federal lawsuit against South Carolina one day after Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed into law a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, a Barack Obama appointee, granted a 14-day temporary restraining order that blocks enactment of the law.

Lewis said the law was “plainly unconstitutional” and that she would renew the restraining order upon its expiration prior to a March 9 hearing, the Post and Courier reported.

“Today, abortion remains safe and legal in South Carolina, and politicians’ plan to restrict access to health care has failed,” Jenny Black, CEO of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said in a statement. “Gov. McMaster: South Carolinians need a COVID-19 plan, not an abortion ban. Our patients deserve more from their elected leaders”:

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