The South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Committee passed a bill on Thursday that would allow—but not require—the state to create brochures about the HPV vaccine and provide vaccines to underinsured seventh graders. The bill, however, faces opposition, including from the governor.
The ban was amended to address some of the most pressing concerns from critics, but opponents of the bill say it is still an unconstitutional restriction on women’s health.
The suit, filed on behalf of a child born with an intersex condition, claims social workers and doctors violated his constitutional rights by assigning him a biological sex shortly after birth.
Advocates say the bill is unnecessary because current law already allows any person, including pregnant women, to use lethal force to protect themselves.
Tennessee lawmakers proposed a dangerous new law that allows for prosecuting pregnant people, as a South Carolina woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly killing her infant while breastfeeding.
“I have no more confidence in Planned Parenthood than I do in Adolf Hitler,” said state Sen. Mike Fair in response to a new poll showing public support for legal abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation on Wednesday, advancing the bill to the state senate and making South Carolina one of three states that are actively pursuing such a ban this year.
A South Carolina house committee has passed a budget that includes fiscal punishment for two state-funded schools that assigned “gay-themed” books to students.
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The bill, HB 4223, was introduced last May and has 34 Republican co-sponsors. Committee members reportedly expect the bill to advance after they reconvene to hear more testimony, possibly as early as next week.