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Planned Parenthood and pro-life activist react to abortion bill passing House

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — As a bill that would ban most abortions in South Carolina nears a final vote, people on both sides are voicing their opinions.

After passing the House on Tuesday, the Senate will soon vote on the new law that would essentially ban abortion in the state except for rape or incest.

Molly Rivera, director of communications for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, says that even with the exception, victims of sexual assault would only be allowed to have abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. She says they are then required to report the abortion to law enforcement within 24 hours.

“I mean, this bill almost completely bans abortion,” Rivera said. “And on top of that, this current exception that’s written into the bill is so narrow that it won’t help the majority of sexual assault survivors who decide to terminate their pregnancies.”

Jessica Carrigan-Broda, a pro-life campaigner, says she stands outside Planned Parenthood in West Ashley every Friday and Saturday to pray for mothers. She says that with her experience as a child abuse and domestic violence lawyer, she has seen perpetrators cover up their crimes with abortions.

“I’m confident this is going to go for a vote in the Senate and I hope that … to me, abortion equals murder,” Carrigan-Broda said. “Human life begins at conception. We have a duty as a society to protect the innocent.

Gov. Henry McMaster did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday’s bill. However, he has said in the past that he would like to see a day when there are no more abortions in the state.

Rivera and Carrigan-Broda have their own take on this.

“I think that would be – I would be totally okay with that,” Carrigan-Broda said. “And I would like to see, again, that it’s not so much preventing women from having access to abortion. This is to ensure that women, once pregnant, receive help, support. What are the things we need to do to make women feel safe and strong and able to have children. »

“Governor. McMaster believes in controlling people’s lives without exception,” Rivera said. health and taking control of their bodies should really be about all of us.”

This bill will make its way to the Senate on Wednesday for a final vote.