By Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life
(COLUMBIA, S.C. Friday, July 13) — South Carolina Citizens for Life, the oldest and largest single-issue pro-life organization in South Carolina, today commended Gov. Henry McMaster for continuing to defund abortion on demand in our state.
In his executive order 2018-21 issued today, Gov. McMaster reiterated South Carolina’s “strong culture and longstanding tradition of protecting and defending the life and liberty of unborn children” and ordered the Department of Health and Human Services “to take all necessary actions to exclude abortion clinics from receiving taxpayer funds for any purpose.”
While not naming Planned Parenthood specifically, it is the only free-standing abortion facility in South Carolina that receives Medicaid funding. Gov. McMaster noted that the “payment of taxpayer funds to abortion clinics, for any purpose, results in the subsidy of abortion and the denial of the right to life.”
Last week, Gov. McMaster vetoed all family planning funds in the new budget in order to fulfill a campaign promise that he would “do whatever I can to stop Planned Parenthood from getting taxpayer money.”
“We commend Gov. McMaster for not only keeping his promise to protect innocent human life in South Carolina but also keeping his promise to taxpayers of South Carolina who should not be forced to fund agencies that destroy human life,” said Lisa Van Riper, President of South Carolina Citizens for Life. “Abortion on-demand is not health care,” she added.
In his executive order today, Gov. McMaster said that although “the State should not contract with abortion clinics for family planning services, the State also should not deny South Carolinians access to necessary medical care and important women’s health and family planning services, which are provided by a variety of other non-governmental and governmental agencies.”
Gov. McMaster’s spokesman Brian Symmes told The State newspaper that if there is a legal challenge by the abortion industry to the executive order, “it’s a fight the governor’s willing to fight.”
South Carolina Citizens for Life has been instrumental in supporting the passage of strong pro-life laws that correlate with the dramatic 63% reduction in the number of abortions occurring in our state.