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South Carolina Abortion Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 08:07 PM

South Carolina would be considered conservative on abortion laws, putting restrictions and limits on access to the procedures, similar to other states in the region, including North Carolina and Georgia.

For example, South Carolina and the other two states require state-directed counseling for women considering an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The women must then wait 24 hours before the abortion can be done. Other states throughout the country have similar counseling programs and waiting periods, including Minnesota and North Dakota.

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Some states have no waiting periods for a woman deciding on abortion, but others have 72-hour waiting periods, including Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota and Utah.

South Carolina legislators are also considering a ban on abortions 20 weeks into the pregnancy, a restriction considered by other states as well. Mississippi banned abortions after 20 weeks following a 2014 law.

Different bills were passed by the South Carolina state house and senate. A legislative committee met to remove exceptions for rape and incest from the language, according to RH Reality Check. An exception for fetal impairment was left in because it is a medical issue, while rape and incest are judicial issues, Democratic State Rep. Robert L. Ridgeway, a medical doctor, told the news service.

South Carolina is among states that do not allow public funding for abortion unless it involves endangerment to the mother, rape or incest. The same rules apply for abortion coverage in health plans under the Affordable Care Act and insurance policies for public employees.

South Carolina requires consent by a parent of a minor, under age 17, who chooses to consider an abortion.

Such states as South Carolina, Missouri, Texas, and Michigan have received F grades for their restrictions on abortion access by NARAL Pro-Choice America, which judges states by the permissiveness of their abortion laws. In contrast, states such as Oregon, Vermont and Connecticut, which don’t have any major restrictions on abortion, received A grades from the pro-choice group.

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