The new law requires that a woman considering an abortion be given a full day to review materials objectively explaining what an abortion is and how to determine the age of an unborn fetus.Well done, South Carolina pro-lifers! S.C. now joins more than 20 other states that have enacted common-sense informed consent laws protecting a woman's right to know.
"I believe life is sacred, and in the debate over when life begins, I think we as a society should always err on the side of life," Gov. Sanford said. "Given current federal law, I think it's imperative that a decision of this magnitude only be made with the fullest and most accurate knowledge available. It's our hope and expectation that this new law results in a substantial decrease in the number of abortions carried out in South Carolina."
One minor criticism: I wish that Governor Sanford had chosen his words more carefully. Abortion advocates often interpret "life is sacred" as a religious statement. In our secular culture, it's really become synonymous with "life is precious" or "life is valuable." I've even heard pro-life atheists use the term "sacred" in this way. But it's not the best vocabulary to use, in my humble opinion.
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