Planned Parenthood supporters rally against personhood bill at the statehouse
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Dozens of women came to the statehouse Tuesday to speak out against a senate bill that would outlaw abortion.
Planned Parenthood supporters say this bill would ban way more than just abortions but senators say that’s not the purpose of the bill at all.
Though opponents say the bill will limit access to some forms of birth control, Senator Richard Cash said that is not true. “The Personhood Bill specifically says that nothing in the bill shall prohibit contraception, which is the prevention of fertilization or conception. So I don’t know how anyone can read anything into that other than what it says,” Cash said.
Senator Cash and other sponsors are optimistic about getting the bill to pass but others say debating it is a lost cause.
“This bill has been introduced for 20 years in a row, and we see these shenanigans every year, introduced and introduced and wasting our time on bills instead of really dealing with issues that can really improve and effect the lives of South Carolinians,” said Eme Crawford of the Women’s Right to Empowerment Network (WREN).
The bill received favorable report in senate judiciary committee last month.