Seven South Carolina House Representatives have prefiled a bill that would require women seeking abortion care to be given a list of nearby CPCs and other facilities that provide free ultrasounds. This bill expands upon the law passed in 2008 that requires women seeking an abortion to be given the option of viewing an ultrasound image prior to receiving care.
“This is just another attempt by Republicans to chink away at women’s rights in this state,” said Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia). “We have a Senate that has no women and a House with very few women and we want to tell a woman what to do with her body.”
Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) exist to dissuade women from having abortions, and often use false information to mislead women. South Carolina is already home to some of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the country, including parental consent for minors, state-mandated biased counseling and waiting periods, and required ultrasounds.
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