The overturning of Roe v. Wade reversed decades of precedent for abortion on demand. However, the fight in the states may not be what pro-lifers hoped for.
South Carolina’s state Supreme Court blocked a law that would ban abortions after six weeks, the Washington Examiner reported. The decision Wednesday provided a temporary injunction to give the court time to decide whether it was constitutional.
The ban was effective June 27 but will be paused in the meantime. Previously, the six-week ban was passed in 2021 but blocked using the rationale of the Roe decision.
That changed in June when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the decision that forced the state’s high court to intervene. Predictably, the decision to lift was celebrated by organizations dedicated to making sure mothers retain the right to kill their babies.
President and CEO of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Jenny Black celebrated the decision ensuring mothers won’t have to travel out of state for abortions. Similarly, Genevieve Scott, who serves as senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, also applauded the decision.
“Many have been panicking for far too long as they try to figure out where they can turn to for services, if at all,” Scott said. She and Black both assured that they would continue to advocate for the “patients’ right to make their own decisions about their bodies and futures.”
The matter is far from settled, however. On Tuesday, another severely restrictive bill passed the House Judiciary Committee’s ad-hoc sub-committee for consideration on the floor.
If passed, the bill would only provide exceptions for the life or bodily health of the mother with no provision for rape and incest, making it more restrictive than the ban that was just overturned. The measure is expected to pass the state House of Representatives.
Abortion is a contentious issue despite decades of defacto legality. State legislatures will be the final battleground for the pro-life cause — and perhaps that’s a good thing.