COLUMBIA, S.C. — A pair of bills have been introduced in South Carolina that would declare the right to life from the moment of fertilization, thus outlawing abortion in the state.
State Rep. Josiah Magnuson, R-Spartanburg, and state Sen. Richard Cash, R-Anderson, have presented the “Personhood Act of South Carolina” in both the House and the Senate. It affirms the God-given right to life, which is also cited in the Declaration of Independence.
“The General Assembly acknowledges that personhood is God-given rather than an endowment of the State. All human beings, regardless of race, sex, age, religion, or economic status, are created in the image of God and therefore have an equal right to life,” the bills read.
They note that a “primary responsibility of civil government” is “establish and enforce laws that protect all innocent persons,” and therefore, it is the duty of the State of South Carolina to do so.
The Act further clarifies that protections in the state Constitution surrounding the rights to due process and equal protection of the laws “vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being.”
The bills make no exceptions to allow abortion, and outline that if a woman’s life is at risk, “the physician shall make reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of the preborn human being in a manner consistent with accepted medical standards.”
“The provisions of this section must not be construed to authorize the intentional
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