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Just two months into this year’s legislative session, and we’ve already faced an abortion ban, a bill that discriminates against transgender athletes, and a bill increasing access to birth control. Legislation is coming at us so fast and hard, it feels like we’re drinking water from a fire hydrant.
Here are the top three things we’re watching at the Statehouse:
Judge stops abortion ban
The legislature passed and Gov. Henry McMaster signed S. 1, an unconstitutional and dangerous six-week abortion ban – the first abortion restriction passed in South Carolina in five years. In fewer than 24 hours after the bill became law, a federal court blocked the law from being enforced. Thanks to this emergency court order, abortion remains safe and legal today. Learn more about the lawsuit here.
Increasing access to birth control
A bill allowing pharmacists to dispense hormonal contraceptives (pills, patches, rings and injections) is moving through the Senate. We support any effort that will make it easier for people to get the birth control method of their choice without medically unnecessary barriers. The fact is that, based on updated health guidelines, healthy patients do not need to see their gynecologist every year just to get a prescription for birth control. By allowing pharmacists to provide this basic service, people will be able to pick up their birth control or have it delivered straight to their home without an unnecessary trip to the doctor’s office. Let’s help South Carolina become the 19th state to pass this important legislation. Find out more about the bill here.
Banning transgender athletes from participating in sports
Discriminatory and hateful legislation aimed at banning transgender girls from playing on girls’ middle and high school sports teams is moving like wildfire through red states, including South Carolina. As a health care provider that is proud to serve people who are transgender, Planned Parenthood strongly opposes this offensive bill. Read more about this bill here.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more updates as session continues.