By Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life
COLUMBIA, S.C. –The latest abortion statistics for South Carolina show that Planned Parenthood killed the majority of unborn babies who died from abortion in 2020.
Of the 5,468 abortions that occurred in South Carolina, Planned Parenthood in Columbia, S.C., reported performing 1,681, while Planned Parenthood in Charleston, S.C., aborted 1,478 babies. Together these two Planned Parenthood performed nearly 57 percent of all the abortions occurring in South Carolina in 2020.
Abortions occurring in South Carolina have increased for two years in a row corresponding with Planned Parenthood opening a second abortion facility in South Carolina. There are three free-standing abortion businesses in which the majority of the abortions occur according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control [DHEC] which regulates abortion and keeps abortion data.
Even worse news is that while African-Americans make up 28 percent of the Palmetto State’s population, 48 percent of the total number of abortions in 2020 were unborn black babies, according to the annual DHEC abortion report.
While this is discouraging news, we also know from the DHEC data, that the work of South Carolina Citizens for Life and the pro-life community of pregnancy care centers and moral educators including pastors, elected officials, health care providers, lawyers, and teachers have saved more than 200,000 babies’ lives since 1988 when the number of abortions occurring in South Carolina peaked. (see the accompanying graph).
While we mourn the loss of all children whose lives are lost to the grim horror of abortion, we will continue the lifesaving battles in the legislatures, the courts, and the political process to restore the right to life of our unborn brothers and sisters.
As St. Paul says in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”