Update (Thursday, April 28, 2022): S 1127 and H 4830, bills for The Equal Protection for Unborn Babies Act, are stuck in committees in the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives. S 1127 remains before the senate Medical Affairs committee, awaiting review and recommendation to the floor of the senate, where it has been since the beginning of March. The committee has not taken up the bill since then. H 4830 remains before the judiciary committee.
Update (Thursday, March 31, 2022): Earlier this month, S 988, The Equal Protection for Unborn Babies Act, was re-introduced in the South Carolina senate as S 1127. The bill remains before the senate Medical Affairs committee, awaiting review and recommendation to the floor of the senate. H 4830, the House of Representatives’ companion bill, remains before the judiciary committee, but has yet to make a meeting agenda.
Update (Friday, January 20, 2022): Representative Josiah Magnuson has released H 4830, a bill enacting the Equal Protection for Unborn Babies Act, in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Its language is very similar to S 988 introduced by Senator Cash in the Senate and it has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for review.
Original Post: Last month, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in preparation for trying Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a case from Mississippi revolving around a ban on abortions following 15-weeks. While there are many possible outcomes from this landmark case, a potential overturning of Roe v. Wade has attracted the most attention. In anticipation of such a decision, many states have passed “trigger laws”—legislation that will immediately abolish abortion in the state should the Supreme Court’s decision on the landmark 1974 case ever be overturned.
Many states, but not South Carolina.
Despite Palmetto State Republicans’ loud pro-life declarations and Red State advantages, they have never passed such legislation here.
The second half of the 2021/2022 legislative cycle has begun, however, and that oversight may be corrected—with your help.
S 988—The Equal Protection for Unborn Babies Act—has been introduced into the docket and has already made its way to the Medical Affairs Committee. If enacted, this bill would establish equal, legal protection for every baby conceived in South Carolina, beginning at conception, without exception—if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Pray. Pray that the Supreme Court would go all the way and use Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health to overturn Roe. v. Wade later this year. Pray that the Lord would bless S 988 and the senators who support it.
- Contact your state senator. Direct your senator to support and cosponsor S 988. You can find your state senator online.
- If your senator serves on the Medical Affairs Committee, direct him to vote for S 988 without exception. Here are the senators who serve on the committee:
- Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin, III (Chairman)
- Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.
- Brad Hutto
- Shane R. Martin
- John L. Scott, Jr.
- Thomas C. Alexander
- Tom Davis
- Kevin L. Johnson
- Thomas “Tom” D. Corbin
- Marlon E. Kimpson
- Margie Bright Matthews
- Michael W. Gambrell
- Sandy Senn
- Richard J. Cash
- Mia S. McLeod
- Dwight A. Loftis
- Billy Garrett
While there are many avenues for protecting preborn life in our state, this obvious step should have been taken a while ago. We’ll keep you informed as this legislation advances. A similar bill will be introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives soon.