South Carolina pro-life community’s Stand Up for Life March and Rally the first after the fall of Roe

By Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life

Every year since 1974, South Carolina’s pro-life community has gathered at the State Capitol to peacefully protest Roe v. Wade and to call on the government to overturn this egregious lethal wrong perpetrated against the unborn members of our human family. This year the Stand Up for Life March and Rally was held again – this time in celebration of the reversal of Roe and to call on the Palmetto State’s elected officials to restore legal protection to children waiting to be born in our state.

The Stand Up for Life March and Rally has occurred every year despite the weather conditions including some very cold (as in single digit degrees) and has never been cancelled even when a speaker’s flight was cancelled because of inclement weather.

The January 7, 2023, March and Rally was scheduled months in advance, but ironically it fell 48 hours after the South Carolina Supreme Court struck down the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Law by a 3-2 decision. While South Carolina may seem to be a conservative pro-life state that has passed 16 life-protecting laws since 1990 and has seen abortions decline by more than 50 percent, our legislatively-appointed judiciary is a grievous disappointment.

Nonetheless, we held our March and Rally for the 50th time, although the first under life after Roe.

South Carolina’s Pro-Life Attorney General Alan Wilson who emceed the March and Rally and the Proudly Pro-Life Dinner on January 6, kept the tone positive. “This week was not the end. It was a speed bump,” General Wilson told the crowd of more than 1,000 gathered in front of the State House.

“We’re not finished, we’re not done, we’re not through,” he said. “We are not going to stop until we protect the unborn.”

Echoing the Attorney General was pro-life Lt. Governor Pamela Evette who told the crowd she and Governor Henry McMaster will continue to work with the General Assembly to “make sure we fix this speed bump.” Additionally, she said the budget she and the governor have submitted to the General Assembly eliminates funding for any abortion providers operating in South Carolina.

Preceding the featured speaker Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, were powerful testimonials to the intrinsic value of all human life. Savannah Duke, who was diagnosed before birth with serious disabilities told the crowd how her parents had to fight for her life and her right to be born. Savannah’s mother, Wendy Duke, said,

“We are not under attack by the tiny baby in our womb,” although doctors tried to intimidate her and her husband Scott Duke into aborting Savannah. Amy Murray, author of the book Hope told her story about being conceive in rape, as was Mr. Bomberger whose mother chose to place him for adoption.