SC State Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Heartbeat Law

On Wednesday, the S.C. Supreme Court, in a procedural move, temporarily blocked the state’s fetal heartbeat law.

“This is a disappointing but somewhat anticipated move by the Court,” said Dave Wilson, President of Palmetto Family. “We knew, with the overturn of Roe v Wade earlier this summer, that Planned Parenthood would do all it could to strike a blow to the state’s heartbeat law. After state circuit court Judge Casey Manning refused to hear the case, it naturally elevated to the State Supreme Court where the justices’ action today simply holds enforcement of the law while they prepare to hear arguments on its constitutionality.”

South Carolina’s Heartbeat Law, signed last February by Governor Henry McMaster just hours after its passed the General Assembly, was held up in federal court until June of this year. Since that time, Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit stating that the Heartbeat Law violates the state’s constitutional right of privacy, which reads:

SECTION 10. Searches and seizures; invasions of privacy. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures and unreasonable invasions of privacy shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, the person or thing to be seized, and the information to be obtained. (1970 (56) 2684; 1971 (57) 315.)

Following S.C. Supreme Court’s temporary injunction, Governor McMaster released the following statement: “We always knew that we would need to fight to defend the Fetal Heartbeat Act. We successfully did so in the federal court system and we’re confident that we will prevail in state court.”

Attorney General Alan Wilson’s statement echoed the same sentiment, “While we are disappointed, it’s important to point out this is a temporary injunction. The court didn’t rule on the constitutionality of the Fetal Heartbeat law. We will continue to defend the law.”

And Speaker of the House Murrell Smith said, “I am extremely disappointed in the Court’s decision to temporarily halt South Carolina’s Fetal Heartbeat law. The law is the overwhelming will of the South Carolina Legislature, and therefore a reflection of the will of the people of this state. However disappointing this decision may be, I remain confident of the law’s constitutionality and look forward to it being the law of our state once again.”

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood of the Southeast charged forward in its effort to expand abortions throughout the state. “Medical providers can immediately return to providing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy (but before 20) while this case proceeds. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic will return to providing abortions past six weeks as soon as possible, likely this week.”

As the case moves forward, Palmetto Family will continue to keep you updated.


Radar410 - August 17th, 2022 at 4:52pm

So, a pet and likely 'bought' judge is fighting to kill children. How unsurprising. Wre beat Planned 'Parenthood ' at the federal level. We'll beat the largest killer of children, particularly minority children, at the state level

Michelle Cagle - August 18th, 2022 at 7:41am

Unbelievable that the Bible belt won't protect little babies who can't protect themselves!!!

Sue - August 18th, 2022 at 9:26am

There is never no life in conception. Life exists in one LIVING sperm meeting one LIVING egg. Never is there NOT life. Abortion is from satan. How sad that the SC Supreme Court would turn away from the slaughter of God-given life. Shame on them.

mary - August 20th, 2022 at 12:38pm

How many other evils would be excused by "Unreasonable Search and Seizures"? Incest? Rape?

Yvette DeMaria - August 21st, 2022 at 6:08am

As a SC Pro-Life voter, biological woman created in the image of God, SIRW Federated Club President, Wife, and my greatest title MOM, I am deeply disappointed in the SC Supreme Court. They should be ashamed of themselves. Never in my life has abortion been a prescribed treatment. My children all have completely different dna then myself so hurting a baby in a mothers womb is Murder.

Common sense- if I was pregnant and someone murdered me. They would answer for two victims. How are we then shutting our eyes to mothers Murdering their children. Generations of Infanticide.

Judgement comes from God. I pray people change their hearts quickly because the innocent among us are precious gifts from God.

SC is a Pro-Life state. PP is a demonic corporation making money off of murder. We will prevail and Stop the Killing