Mary S. McLellan, SRAS ~ Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist
Robert Swain, MS-HIA
Don’t you just love it when “journalist” overwhelm you with data and then promote their own propaganda to support unrestricted abortions? That’s exactly what Lauren Sausser’s recent article (Post and Courier, Charleston, SC) intended to do.
Thousands of women leave SC for abortions, also has the subtitle, “Rate of patients who had the procedure same as 20 years ago.” The reader is lead to believe that Pro-Life efforts in South Carolina have failed, that abortion rates have not decreased, that babies have not been saved, and that Pro-Lifers should give it up!
Regardless of how Sausser’s data was cherry picked, we looked at the rates of abortions received by SC residents inside and outside of the state. We compared identical time periods using Guttmacher (Pro-Abortion and the former research arm of Planned Parenthood) and SC DHEC rates:
- Guttmacher: The 2014 rate is 34% lower than the rate in 1991.
- SC DHEC: The 2014 rate is 42% lower than in 1991.
Bottom line…Abortions received by SC residents have dramatically decreased regardless of where the abortion took place. To indicate otherwise is just more Fake News.
The real issue Sausser has is that some women must travel to North Carolina (Charlotte) and Georgia to get abortions because South Carolina Pro-Life legislation makes it more difficult for women to have abortions in state. Convenience is the problem.
However, according to the South Carolina Citizens for Life, almost 175,000 babies have been saved thanks to life affirming legislation over the past thirty years!
The real target of the article is the SC Heartbeat Bill which, if successful this time, will prohibit doctors from performing an abortion on any fetus after a heartbeat has been detected. More babies can potentially be saved! A heartbeat is all it would take!
The passage of the SC Heartbeat Bill would also mean that more women will have to travel out of state if they really want to have the abortion. That’s their right.
South Carolina is right to restrict abortions as much as they legally can. We applaud the Heartbeat Bill, Sen. Larry Grooms, and all of his fellow legislators who seek to protect life. Let the blood of the innocents be on those states that do not regard life as sacred.
Ultimately, abortion is not really a ‘choice’ for those seeking help. There are ten times more Pregnancy Care Centers in SC than abortion centers, all of which offer women real choices that they and their babies can live with.
Let’s support the Pregnancy Centers and welcome the mothers and babies they will save.