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Just when you think we gained an inch in the battle against abortion it immediately goes away.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster recently signed the Fetal Heartbeat Protection from Abortion Act which prevents someone from having an abortion if a heartbeat is detected.
Well immediately almost afterwards a U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis blocked the law from being enacted after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in court saying the new law was unconstitutional.
A federal court temporarily blocked a measure banning most abortions in South Carolina a day after it was signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster. Planned Parenthood filed an emergency lawsuit over the ban.https://t.co/dCtyeOWYsZ
— NPR (@NPR) February 20, 2021
JUST IN: AP: South Carolina’s new law banning most abortions has been suspended by a federal judge on its second day in effect. https://t.co/6cOPcgMRST
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) February 19, 2021
The Epoch Times covered the story, see what they had to share:
A federal judge on Friday blocked a newly signed law in South Carolina that bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected in the unborn baby.
U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, an Obama appointee, ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood, which filed the suit around the time the bill was signed into law.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, signed the bill into law on Thursday after both state chambers passed it.
“Today, we made history. The Heartbeat Bill is now the law of South Carolina and we will defend it with everything in us because there is nothing more important than protecting the sanctity of life!,” he wrote in a statement.
But Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that pushes against any laws limiting abortions, sued, arguing lawmakers were trying “to prevent patients from exercising their constitutional right to abortion.”
Just in: Federal judge halts South Carolina abortion ban
— Jamie Lovegrove (@jslovegrove) February 19, 2021
— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) February 19, 2021
The New York Post got the scoop too:
South Carolina’s new law banning most abortions was suspended by a federal judge Friday on its second day in effect.
Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day temporary restraining order on the law and will renew it until she can hold a more substantial hearing on March 9 on Planned Parenthood’s request that it not be enforced until the group’s lawsuit against South Carolina is resolved.
Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill into law Thursday less than an hour after it was sent to him, but the national reproductive health services organization sued even before the governor put ink to paper.
The Judge who temporarily banned the Fetal Heartbeat Protection from Abortion Act was appointed by Obama.