For the first time since the end of abortion rights in the United States, the Supreme Court of one of the American states gave a guarantee to its residents on Thursday in the name of the local constitution, dealing a major setback to the opponents of the medical procedure.
South Carolina’s Supreme Court struck down a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
We believe that our constitutional right to privacy extends to women’s decisions about abortion.He justified.
It was with similar reasoning that the Supreme Court of the United States left in 1973 in Roe v. Wade, American Women’s Right to Abortion. But in June of last year, in a historic move, he overruled that decision and gave each state the freedom to legislate as it pleased on the matter.
Since then, the country has been divided between states that have bans, mostly located in the south and center, and those that have strengthened access to abortion on their soil, more so on the coasts.
And that landscape is highly fluid, with each measure subject to cascading appeals in local courts.
This is a monumental victory
Since June, several states have temporarily blocked the containment measures pending a substantive decision. The South Carolina Supreme Court is the first to issue a final decision.
This is a monumental victory for the protection of legal abortion in the South– responded the organization Planned Parenthoodwhich runs many abortion clinics.
This opens up new opportunities for women in regions that lack access to abortion, especially in Alabama and Tennessee.
However, this is not necessarily the end of the war. In its ruling, the South Carolina Supreme Court held that the right to privacy can be
limit Provided it is done this way
This may allow local lawmakers to introduce new restrictions.