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Planned Parenthood South Atlantic v. South Carolina


(Supreme Court of South Carolina, August 23, 2023) The Supreme Court of South Carolina upheld the 2023 version of a fetal heartbeat abortion ban, finding the ban does not violate the South Carolina Constitution. This is a substantive reversal of an earlier decision, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic v. State, 438 S.C. 188 (2023), finding a 2021 version of the fetal heartbeat bill to be in violation of the state Constitution. Planned Parenthood has since filed a new lawsuit seeking clarification of terms in the law that could result in the ban affecting pregnancies after nine weeks of gestation. The 2023 abortion restrictions are now in effect in South Carolina. Read the full Opinion here.

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