South Carolina Senate Panel Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 26, 2022   |   4:18PM   |   Columbia, South Carolina

A South Carolina Senate subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance two bills to protect unborn babies from abortion after meeting a mother and her baby who survived an abortion.

The subcommittee passed both the Equal Protection for Unborn Babies Act (Senate Bill 988) and a second bill to inform women about the life-saving abortion pill reversal treatment, the Associated Press reports.

Prior to the vote, the lawmakers heard a testimony from Manuela Timenez who came with her 18-month-old son Oliver, according to South Carolina Citizens for Life.

When Timenez was pregnant with her son, she said she decided to have an abortion. After taking the first abortion drug from Planned Parenthood, however, she said she immediately regretted what she had done.

The South Carolina mother said she called the abortion facility and asked how to stop the abortion but she was told that it was not possible. Instead of giving up, she said she began to search online and found information about the abortion pill reversal treatment.

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Timenez said she was referred to Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Greenwood where she received immediate medical help that saved her son Oliver’s life.

She urged lawmakers to pass the Abortion Pill Reversal Act (Senate Bill 907) so that other mothers will have access to the life-saving information. The bill would require abortionists to tell women about the safe, effective treatment that can reverse the effects of the abortion drug mifepristone and save the baby’s life.

“Under South Carolina law, a pregnant woman has the right to know many things – such as how far along she is in her pregnancy and alternatives to abortion,” according to South Carolina Citizens for Life. “But without S 907, the Abortion Pill Reversal Act, the abortion industry is not required to give a woman information about the window of opportunity to reverse a chemical abortion should she regret her decision.”

The life-saving treatment is similar to one used for decades to help prevent miscarriages, and studies show it is safe for the mother and her baby. Approximately 3,000 babies have been saved so far.

Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.

Also Wednesday, the subcommittee advanced legislation that would ban all abortions in South Carolina.

The Equal Protection for Unborn Babies Act recognizes that a unique, living human being comes into existence at the moment of conception, and every human being has a right to life. It would prohibit abortionists from aborting unborn babies for any reason except if the mother’s life is at risk. If it passes the state legislature, the abortion ban would go into effect once Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Currently, states are prohibited from protecting unborn babies from abortion before viability under Roe. However, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a major challenge to Roe from Mississippi in December, and

many hope the court will overturn its infamous abortion ruling later this year.

Because Roe still stands, South Carolina also is fighting Planned Parenthood in court to be allowed to enforce its 2021 heartbeat law, which prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy.

ACTION ALERT: Contact South Carolina state lawmakers to urge support for the pro-life legislation.