by Steven Ertelt
April 5, 2007
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) — A South Carolina Senate committee held a hearing Wednesday on the measure that would require abortion business to show women an ultrasound of their unborn child before going through with an abortion. The panel didn’t vote on the bill but plans to return soon for a vote.
The measure has already passed the House by a vote of 91-23 and it requires the abortion practitioner or a qualified abortion center staff member to perform an ultrasound on a woman and review the image with her.
During the hear, a letter from South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster was read indicating the bill is constitutional because it requires the abortion practitioner to offer to show the woman the ultrasound but doesn’t require her to view it.
McMaster also said his office will defend the law in court if the legislation faces a legal challenge by the abortion industry.
The measure is coming under severe attack from pro-abortion groups who have spent tens of thousands of dollars on full-page newspaper ads all over South Carolina.
But South Carolina Citizens for Life director Holly Gatling told LifeNews.com that the ads contain an inaccurate portrayal of the legislation.
"The big lie that the pro-aborts are spreading is that the legislation forces a woman to look at the ultrasound. Anyone who has read the bill even once knows this is not the case," Gatling said.
"The abortion industry’s militant opposition to the ultrasound bill is an indication the pro-aborts are terrified of any discussion of the humanity of the unborn child," she added. "When a pregnant woman chooses life, the abortionist loses money."
Gatling urged pro-life advocates to call their state senators and urge them "to support H3355 as it passed the House and without amendments."
If the Senate approves the bill, Gov. Mark Sanford has said he would sign it into law.
"I believe life is sacred, and in the debate over when life begins I believe that as a society we should always err on the side of life," the governor said in a statement he sent to legislators.
"This new ultrasound requirement is an important one in that I think it has the potential to lessen the number of abortions carried out in South Carolina," Sanford added.