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South Carolina Adopts 24-Hour Reflection Period for Abortion

Yesterday, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford signed House Bill 3245 into law, requiring that a woman considering abortion be given a full 24 hours to review and consider information on the abortion procedure, its complications and consequences, and the development of an unborn child before undergoing the procedure.

“I believe life is sacred, and in the debate over when life begins, I think we as a society should always err on the side of life,” Governor Sanford said. “Given current federal law, I think it’s imperative that a decision of this magnitude only be made with the fullest and most accurate knowledge available. It’s our hope and expectation that this new law results in a substantial decrease in the number of abortions carried out in South Carolina.”

AUL advised allies in the state – most notably the Palmetto Family Policy Council – on this important new law.

South Carolina becomes the 25th state to mandate a 24-hour reflection period before a woman may undergo an abortion. House Bill 3245 amended an existing law that only required a one-hour reflection period.