Federal judge suspends S.C. new abortion ban
UPDATED 3:02 PM PT – Friday, February 19, 2021
A federal judge suspended a new South Carolina law which banned most abortions.
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Reports on Friday said Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day restraining order on the law, just one day after it was signed by the governor.
The order came at the request of Planned Parenthood, who filed a suit against the ban ahead of the signing. Planned Parenthood said the order was needed, as over 75 women in the state are scheduled to have abortions over the next three days.
A hearing is slated for March 9, on Planned Parenthood’s request that the law not be enforced until its lawsuit against the state is resolved.