The Carolinas have been upsetting liberals in recent weeks.
This week, the South Carolina legislature passed a ban on abortion after 19 weeks, another victory in the fight to protect the unborn in this country. Governor Nikki Haley said in March when discussing the upcoming legislation that she couldn’t “imagine any scenario in which I wouldn’t sign it.”
The bill, which passed 79-29, is considered “extreme” by Planned Parenthood for a few reasons, one being its lack of exception for cases involving rape or incest. As The New York Times reports:
…the measure…would allow exceptions only if the mother’s life was in jeopardy or a doctor determined that the fetus could not survive outside the womb.
Reaction to the vote was swift. Alyssa Miller, the state’s director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said in a statement that the bill was “dangerous” for women, and that it was “made even more extreme by removing exceptions for victims of rape or incest.”
True pro-lifers know there is nothing extreme about removing exceptions such as rape or incest. The victims of those crimes include both the mother and the unborn child. Punishment in the form of a death sentence does not belong on the innocent life that is formed, regardless of the circumstances of its conception or who its biological father happens to be. Although an exception does exist for the life of the mother, this is a rare occurrence, as made clear here by National Right to Life.
When the legislation heads to the governor’s office, I expect Governor Haley will sign it into law. When she does, South Carolina will join twelve other states that have similar legislation.
As I wrote earlier, Planned Parenthood has launched a $30 million campaign this election season. Not only do they wish to get fellow bloodluster Hillary Clinton into office, but they are not happy with advancements at the state level among pro-life legislators and governors. South Carolina’s soon-to-be enacted legislation further chips away at their localized power.
Those in D.C. have failed to be very influential in the pro-life movement. Because of this, states must step in and tackle the issue on their own. South Carolina is just another example of the small, positive steps which can be taken. The legislation will save lives.