McMaster Says SC Senate Bill to Ban Abortion Information Likely Won’t Pass

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster has thrown cold water on a controversial Senate proposal that seeks to ban the sharing of information about abortion resources in South Carolina.

On Thursday, McMaster said Senator Richard Cash’s bill – S.1373 — goes too far and is unconstitutional. The governor made his comments after his Democratic challenger Joe Cunningham texted potential donors saying, without evidence, that McMaster wants to ban websites containing abortion resource information.

“Everyone has a First Amendment constitutional right to say things, to speak. We know that,” McMaster told reporters. “Such a restriction, I think, I am convinced, would not pass the House or the Senate. Senator (Shane) Massey, Rep. (John) McCravy have both said that this particular provision will not see the light of day, and I don’t think it will.

The cash bill would ban abortions except to protect the life of the mother. It would also prohibit people from searching for information about abortion and websites from providing information to state residents on how to get an abortion.

While garnering national attention, Cash’s bill will not be the main piece of legislation being considered by the Legislative Assembly, lawmakers said.

‘There’s no support for doing something like this,’ said Senate Majority Leader Massey recently told the Charleston Post and Courier.

Instead, lawmakers say they intend to consider a House proposal, put forward by the House Judiciary Committee this week, which as it now reads would ban nearly all abortions. performed in the state, but would make the procedure legal if the mother’s life and health are at risk. The bill lists certain medical emergencies.

Lawmakers said the bill, which currently does not include exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormality – permitted in the state’s six-week abortion ban, temporarily blocked by the state Supreme Court – will be amended before it reaches the governor’s office for his signature. .

This story was originally published August 18, 2022 1:55 p.m.

Joseph Bustos is a state government and politics reporter at The State. He graduated from Northwestern University and previously worked in Illinois covering government and politics. He won reporting awards in Illinois and Missouri. He moved to South Carolina in November 2019.
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