At a press conference in the State House, South Carolina Citizens for Life announced that the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) is the organization’s 2022 legislative priority. The press conference was held in the lobby between the State Senate and the S.C. House of Representatives chambers.
Of the 5,468 abortions occurring in 2020 in South Carolina, 3,688 – or 67 percent – of the unborn children died from “chemical abortions,” according to the State Department of Health and Environmental Control.
“While the abortionist is required to inform a woman of many things, such as how far along the mother is in her pregnancy, and alternatives to abortion, the abortionist is not required in South Carolina to inform the woman that the Abortion Pill can be successfully reversed in a window of opportunity if the pregnant mother changes her mind,” said Holly Gatling, SCCL executive director.
The Abortion Pill Reversal legislation potentially could stop more than half the abortions occurring in South Carolina if women have the information they need to reverse a decision they immediately regret, Gatling said. “Therefore the 2022 legislative goal of South Carolina Citizens for Life is to pass the Abortion Pill Reversal Act which is S 907 in the Senate and H 4568 in the House with 45 House sponsors so far.”
Pro-Life Representative Melissa Lackey Oremus, R-Aiken, chief sponsor of the House APR law, told the press conference, “We need to educate women about the options.”
Since 1990 when South Carolina Citizens for Life successfully lobbied for passage of the Parental Consent Act, the South Carolina General Assembly has passed a total of 16 life protecting laws that have saved more than 200,000 babies lives.
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South Carolina Citizens for Life was incorporated in 1974, the year after the U.S. Supreme Court established abortion on demand for all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason. The lethal rulings passed by a 7-2 court on January 22, 1973, were Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Doe v. Bolton created the infamous “health exception” that gave doctors license to kill an unborn child for any reason that could be ascribed to the “health of the mother” including mental health.
Other pro-life and pro-family organizations at the State House press conference included Palmetto Family, the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Concerned Women for America, the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Alliance Defending Freedom, Carolina Pregnancy Center, and the Christian Chamber of Commerce.