Planned Parenthood and other abortionists have sued to stop a South Carolina law that restricts abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks. However, a judge has denied a request from the abortion industry to put the law on hold while the lawsuit proceeds, a decision that ensures that more preborn children will be saved while the state’s high court considers the case.
During a hearing Tuesday morning, Judge Casey Manning refused Planned Parenthood’s request that a temporary injunction halt the law, which has been in effect since June 27, following the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood is suing to dismiss the law altogether on the basis that it violates South Carolinians’ right to privacy under the state constitution.
According to Reuters, South Carolina officials also requested that the state Supreme Court take up the case immediately due to its significance. Manning agreed and honored the request, noting that the case revolves around the “most fundamentally important constitutional issue” he has seen.
Planned Parenthood argued that the court should have put the law on hold immediately. “We need protection right now,” said Planned Parenthood South Carolina Director of Public Affairs Vicki Ringer. “We need the constitution to do what it says it does: protect our right to privacy. And privacy begins with our bodies.”
The abortion industry has long claimed that the right to abortion, which is the intentional homicide of a preborn child in the womb, is somehow connected to the right to privacy. But as Live Action News has previously explained, the right to privacy does not include the right to kill another human being.
Planned Parenthood and the suit’s other plaintiffs put out a statement following Manning’s ruling. “The court’s refusal to block this cruel and unconstitutional law is another blow to South Carolinians’ reproductive freedom,” they said.
As the court hears this case, lawmakers in the Republican-led legislature are also currently considering a bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions except when the mother’s life is at risk.
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