Thanks to Governor Henry McMaster’s most recent Executive Order, South Carolina takes another pro-life step.

With Governor Henry McMaster leading the way, South Carolina has taken another step forward in the process of defunding the abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood. Governor McMaster issued an executive order halting the abortion provider from receiving funds from South Carolina state agencies. In a statement explaining the new order, Governor McMaster said that:

“There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women’s health and family planning services without performing abortions. Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

According to data compiled by Palmetto Family from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, nearly 6,000 abortions were performed in the Palmetto State in 2015 and several thousand others were performed on South Carolinians in another state. Though South Carolina has much pro-life work to do, this executive order will remove another chunk of funding from Planned Parenthood, and sets a clear path forward to make South Carolina a place where life is cherished.

In addition to minimizing the number of state-sponsored, tax-payer-funded abortions, Governor McMaster also recognized the important work of alternative women’s health providers. Included in the executive order is a request for the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to compile and make available to the public a “listing of all qualified non-abortion women’s health and family planning providers operating within a twenty-five mile radius of any abortion clinic excluded from the state’s Medicaid provider network.”

In direct contrast with Planned Parenthood, alternative women’s health providers such as crisis pregnancy centers provide women with help, hope and true options. The services provided by crisis pregnancy centers are also free, unlike the “services” provided by Planned Parenthood.

Palmetto Family applauds the courage of Governor McMaster to stand up to his critics and protect life in South Carolina. Help us thank him and ask him to continue his pro-life stance.

Thanking Governor McMaster will take less than two minutes and could save thousands of lives!

Briley Hughes

Briley Hughes

Communications Director

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