Almost Hooray For South Carolina

Pro-life people of South Carolina are taking up the banner of personhood in the state Senate.  The Right to Life Act of South Carolina is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and only 50 days remain in the current legislative session.

The bill restores personhood to nearly all prenatal children. The language states:

Section 1-1-320. The right to due process, whereby no person may be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, and the right to equal protection of the laws, both of which rights are guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this State, vest at fertilization.

Section 2. The provisions of this act or any other provision of law do not prohibit the prescription of a morning after pill to a rape victim.

Section 2, however, is problematic since it sets forth legal protection for the morning after pill as a treatment for rape; which means that if a child is conceived during a violent sexual assault, that child will die. 

Let us hope that Section 2 comes out of this bill before it is voted on the full South Carolina Senate.

The bill and its history can be found at BLOG on Right to Life Act of South Carolina.