BREAKING: Court Strikes Down Abortion Ban

( – In a decision that has stunned and angered the pro-life movement, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has sided with Planned Parenthood by striking down the state’s six-week abortion ban and has found that a woman’s right to privacy includes abortions.

According to a just-published account in the National Review:

“The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s six-week ban on abortion after finding that the ‘state constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.’

“The 3-2 ruling came in response to a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Greenville Women’s Clinic, and two individual providers that was filed last July. The plaintiffs argued that the law, which banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — with exceptions for fetal anomalies, risk to the life of the mother​, and some cases of rape or incest – was in violation of the state’s constitution.” [emphasis added]

More detail and context:

Justice Kaye Hearn wrote Thursday that the state may impose some limits on the right to privacy but ‘any such limitation must be reasonable and it must be meaningful in that the time frames imposed must afford a woman sufficient time to determine she is pregnant and to take reasonable steps to terminate that pregnancy.’

“The court ruled that six weeks is ‘quite simply, not a reasonable period of time for those two things to occur.'” [emphasis added]

While the Biden administration publicly applauded the decision, legal experts say the state legislature may still have the final say in the coming year.