Poll Shows 61% of South Carolina Residents Want to Ban Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 30, 2022   |   10:40AM   |   Washington, DC

To hear it from the liberal media and pro-abortion groups, Americans oppose abortion bans and don’t want their states protecting babies from aboritons. But a new Trafalar Group poll in South Carolina shows 61% of state residents want abortions banned — either when the unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected or starting from conception.

The poll shows 19.7% of state residents support the state’s current law banning aboritons when the baby’s heartbeat can be heard on a sonogram at 6 weeks. Another 24.3% of residents want abortions banned with the rare exceptions of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, and 17% of South Carolina voters want abortions banned with the sole exception of saving the mother’s life.

Just 39% of South Carolina residents hold a pro-abortion position with 28.2% supporting legal abortions but wanting late-term abortions banned and only 10.8% of South Carolina residents supporting the position of Joe Biden and the Democrat Party of legalized abortion up to birth.

The poll found that even 59.4% of women in South Carolina favored one of the three pro-life positions banning all or most abortions. And a whopping 81% of young people 18-24 took one of the three pro-life stances.

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And the survey found 58% of blacks, and 57% of Hispanics took one of the pro-life positions against abortion. Even 40% of Democrats in South Carolina favor banning all or most abortions.

Last month, a South Carolina judge denied a request from the Planned Parenthood abortion business to block the state’s heartbeat law, making it so the pro-life law will continue protecting babies from abortions.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning declined Planned Parenthood’s request today to block the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act and instead sent the issue directly to the South Carolina Supreme Court to decide.

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, the Greenville Women’s Clinic abortion business, and two abortionists sued the state to overturn the Fetal Heartbeat Act after the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the federal injunction against it following the Supreme Court’s monumental decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In making his decision, Judge Manning said, the case “will stop in the Supreme Court. Why shouldn’t it start in the Supreme Court?”

Solicitor General Bob Cook of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office encouraged Judge Manning to grant the Attorney General’s “motion for original jurisdiction.” That means sending the case to the high court to decide first. But a Planned Parenthood attorney argued that the two abortion facilities it runs in South Carolina are losing half their business with the Fetal Heartbeat Act in effect.

The State Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Abortion Report for 2021 shows that the Planned Parenthood facilities in Charleston and Columbia collectively killed 3,604 babies waiting to be born in South Carolina. That is 57 percent of the 6,279 abortions committed in South Carolina in 2021. The Greenville Women’s Clinic, also a plaintiff in the lawsuit to overturn the Fetal Heartbeat Act, killed 2,603 unborn babies in 2021, according to the DHEC report. Planned Parenthood killed 1,832 unborn black babies while Greenville Women’s Center killed 1,031 unborn back children, according to DHEC records.

The heartbeat law could save as many as half or more of those babies from abortions until the state has a full-fledged abortion ban in place.

Now, state lawmakers are working on a full abortion ban that would protect most all babies from abortions.