Reproductive wrong

South Carolina governor signs order targeting any doctors ‘associated’ with abortion

The exterior of a Planned Parenthood clinic. (Reuters)

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order last week, directly targeting doctors and groups that provide abortion access by preventing them from receiving any local or state money. In a statement from the governor’s office, he clarified that the measure extends to “any physician or professional medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic and operating concurrently with — and in the same physical, geographic location or footprint as — an abortion clinic.”

The statement makes it clear that the new order is intended to prevent “abortion providers like Planned Parenthood” from receiving any taxpayer dollars, directly or indirectly. The order is reminiscent of an executive order President Trump signed in April that denies some federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers — despite the fact that Planned Parenthood is expressly prohibited from using federal money for abortions apart from cases of rape, incest or in which the mother’s life is in danger. Planned Parenthood responded to the South Carolina order on Twitter, saying: “4,000 SC residents rely on PP for birth control, cancer screenings & other preventive care each year. They will hold you accountable. Shame.”

Read the full story at Refinery 29.

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