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S.C.'s Six-week Abortion Ban Struck Down by State Supreme Court

(CNN) -- The South Carolina state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's six-week ban on abortion violates the state's constitution.The 2021 law had banned abortions once ​what it called a "fetal heartbeat" is detected, which can be as early as ​four weeks, and more commonly, six weeks ​into pregnancy, with exceptions for ​fetal anomalies, risk to the life of the mother​, or in ​some cases of rape or incest. ​In a 3-2 ruling, the court concluded that the law ran afoul of the state constitution's privacy protections, with Justice Kaye Hearn writing in the lead opinion that the "state constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman's decision to have an abortion."While the state can impose some limits on those rights, Hearn wrote, "any such limitation must be reasonable and it must be meaningful in that the time frames imposed must afford a woman sufficient time to determine she is pregnant and to take reasonable steps to terminate that pregnancy."In a dissent penned by Justice John Kittredge and joined in part by Justice George James, Kittredge wrote that he "would honor the policy decision made by the General Assembly," adding that the issue of determining abortion policy in the state rests with its elected lawmakers."Abortion presents an important moral and policy issue.
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Elon Musk once again reminds everyone why his trans daughter wants nothing to do with him
Thrice-divorced wealth hoarder Elon Musk took to Twitter over the weekend to prove, yet again, that he doesn’t understand anything about trans youth.As the father of a trans daughter, one would hope he’d have educated himself at least a bit, but clearly the “pronouns suck” thinking that pushed her away is here to stay.This latest incident started with right-wing disinformation account “American Accountability Foundation” misinterpreting a section of a Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) research day booklet.They posted this excerpt with a misleading tweet:The @MUSCkids has four year olds coming through its transgender hormone clinic.And hopes: “In the future, hopefully more patients and at younger ages will be referred to affirming providers so that medical options such as pubertal suppression”https://t.co/EXnvgnv8vv pic.twitter.com/UILYvsosbi— American Accountability Foundation (@ExposingBiden) September 16, 2022Musk quickly responded to this with “Is it really true that four-year-olds are receiving hormone treatment?” For the record: Such a claim was made nowhere in the original material.Related: Elon Musk just reminded everyone why his trans daughter wants nothing to do with himBasic fact-checking and/or common sense would lead anyone to understand that no, hormones that aren’t present yet in children can’t be replaced. The richest person alive apparently does not possess such skills.Thankfully, there are plenty of folks who’ve witnessed his weird, transphobic BS long enough to call it out on the spot.Let the dunking commence:No, but now idiots will think it is.
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South Carolina Governor Signs Transgender Sports Ban Into Law
South Carolina, and now the governor, ignore the voices of thousands of South Carolinians — including parents, medical providers, students, faith leaders, and transgender people ourselves — who expressed loudly and clearly that this bill will harm young people in our state,” Ivy Hill, the executive director of Gender Benders and the community health program director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, said in a statement. “Transgender youth are not a threat to fairness in sports, and this law now needlessly stigmatizes young people who are simply trying to navigate their adolescence, make friends, and build skills like teamwork and leadership, winning and losing,” Hill added. “…Despite this setback, we will never stop fighting on behalf of trans and queer young people, and our coalition will explore every strategy possible to surmount every barrier to equality.”A 2019 report from the Campaign for Southern Equality found that more than two-thirds of all LGBTQ people in South Carolina reported experiencing depression and anxiety, with even higher rates among transgender individuals and people of color.The Trevor Project, the world’s top crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth, noted that feelings of isolation and stigmatization can lead LGBTQ youth to consider or attempt suicide.
South Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States and the easternmost of the Deep South. It is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the southwest by Georgia across the Savannah River. South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on May 23, 1788. It also became the first state to vote in favor of secession from the Union on December 20, 1860. After the American Civil War, it was readmitted into the United States on June 25, 1868.
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