PA Abortion Provider Story Hits SC

Lawmakers seek to impose new legislation


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The so-called abortion mill in Pennsylvania shut down because prosecutors say egregious violations were committed before, during and after abortions is exactly what one South Carolina state senator wants to prevent from ever happening in the Palmetto state.

"I read some of grand jury testimony where there were fetal arms and legs in the drainage pipe," said Senator Lee Bright. "That's unbelievable."

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortion provider, who reportedly has no certification in gynecology or obstetrics, on trial for murder charges in the deaths of seven babies and one patient. Outraged by the case, Sen. Bright sponsored a bill that would mandate licensed physicians who provide abortions in South Carolina to also be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have admitting privileges to local hospitals. Supporters believe this will protect the patient and unborn baby.

"It's a fly by night kind of operation in some places. We don't ever wanna see something in South Carolina like we saw in Pennsylvania," said Richard Cash, a candidate for U.S. senate.

The Medical Affairs Subcommittee today voted 3-2 to carry over Bright's bill (S. 204). That means, how it's currently written, it will not move forward and will likely not be brought up again. Women's rights advocates say that's a win.

"I applaud the subcommittee for putting patient safety first," said Planned Parenthood spokesperson Sloane Whelan.

"These clinics are regulated by DHEC, and if we wanna make sure this doesn't happen, we need to make sure DHEC does their inspections, regulations and that those regulations are strict so that doesn't happen," said Sen. Ray Cleary, Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee chairperson.

And, so, the debate over abortion in South Carolina continues.
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