South Carolina House May Vote on 24-Hour Abortion Wait Bill on Wednesday
by Steven Ertelt
February 10, 2009
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) — The South Carolina state House could vote on a bill that requires abortion businesses to give women a 24-hour reflection period before an abortion as soon as Wednesday. Two House committee signed off on the bill but pro-life advocates are worried pro-abortion groups are organizing phone calls.
The current waiting period is just one hour and state legislators believe 24 hours gives women considering an abortion more time to reflect on its risks and alternatives and will lower the number of abortions.
Rep. Greg Delleney, a Republican, is the chief sponsor of the bill, which won approval last week from the 25-member Judiciary Committee.
Organizations supporting the pro-life measure are urging pro-life advocates to call their state representatives as soon as possible.
"The bill to create a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion may be debated in the South Carolina House as early as Wednesday morning," South Carolina Citizens for Life director Holly Gatling tells LifeNews.com. "It is extremely urgent for you to contact your House member and urge him or her to support the 24-hour waiting period without amendments."
Gatling says pro-life lawmakers have informed her abortion advocates are urging their supporters to call the state capitol in droves.
"Our pro-life lawmakers tell me that their calls are running 3-1 against the bill," she said. "This means that the abortion industry has mobilized the opponents who are far from a majority in South Carolina."
"Please do not remain silent or assume that your legislator will vote pro-life and doesn’t need to hear from you. All legislators need to hear from constituents," she added.
Delleney says South Carolina requires a 24-hour waiting period before other actions such as obtaining a marriage license and refinancing a house, yet abortion is a life and death decision.
"If you wait 24 hours to be married and three days before you can buy a house," Delleney said. "I don’t know how this is such a drastic bill to give the mother 24 hours to determine if she wants to go through with this procedure."
The bill enjoys the support of other pro-life groups including the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the Palmetto Family Council.
The Womans Right to Know Act, approved in 1994, established the current one-hour waiting period.
ACTION: Contact your member of the state House at 803-734-2010 and urge strong support for the 24-hour abortion waiting bill.
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