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South Carolina Supreme Court Suspends Abortion Ban After Hearing Challenges

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in South Carolina Highest Wednesday's court blocked enforcement of a state law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, but is considering challenges to the law by affiliates of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

In a unanimous order, her five judges of the South Carolina Supreme Court expressed no opinion on whether Planned Parenthood was likely to win in the end. But they said the ban could conflict with state constitutions.

"At this preparatory stage, the constitutionality of the statute cannot be conclusively determined under the state's constitutional prohibition against unreasonable invasion of privacy," court said. is writing

"I applaud the court's decision to protect the people of South Carolina from this cruel law that interferes with personal medical decisions," said Prand, president of Parenthood South Atlantic. Jenny Black said in a statement.

Robert Kittle, a spokesman for South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, said, "We are disappointed, but it is important to point out that this is a temporary injunction. “We will continue to abide by the law.”

The US Supreme Court is expected to seek abortion restrictions on June 24, or has already done so. abortion.

South Carolina has enacted legislation in 2021 banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected (usually around her 6 weeks). The law was initially blocked, but was allowed to take effect after her June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, the state said that while in 1974 he passed legislation effectively codifying the Roe v. Wade case, the 2021 legislation would not repeal earlier legislation. ing. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday cited potential conflicts between two laws as one reason for the temporary order. (Reporting by Brendan Pearson, New York; Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Matthew Lewis)