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State judge temporarily blocks South Carolina’s 6-week abortion ban

May 26, 2023, 11:16 AM | Updated: Jun 22, 2023, 4:56 pm

State judge temporarily blocks South Carolina’s 6-week abortion ban...

State judge temporarily blocks South Carolina’s 6-week abortion ban. (Photo credit: Canva)

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(CNN) — A South Carolina judge has temporarily blocked the state’s new abortion restrictions from going into effect, just one day after Gov. Henry McMaster signed them into law.

The law, which limited most abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, was signed by McMaster, a Republican, on Thursday and went into effect immediately. Moments later, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, along with the Greenville Women’s Clinic and two physician plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit in state court to try to stop it.

Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman made the decision Friday in Richland County, South Carolina, to put the new law on hold until the state Supreme Court can review the case to determine whether it violates the state’s constitution.

For now, abortions in the state remain legal up until around 20 weeks until the Supreme Court makes a decision or takes other action to allow implementation of the law.

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State judge temporarily blocks South Carolina’s 6-week abortion ban