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325 Healthcare Professionals Urge Legislators to Vote No on Abortion Ban

Over 300 South Carolina health care professionals recently signed an open letter to Governor Henry McMaster and state legislators in opposition to S.1, the proposed abortion ban (also known as the Heartbeat Bill). The providers cite an inappropriate politicization of women’s healthcare and existing health disparities in South Carolina.

The signers include health care professionals from across the state, some of whom are members of the South Carolina Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).  This professional organization has expressed support for access to abortion in all 50 states.

Opposition to the abortion ban is based in science and Dr. Dawn Bingham, Legislative Chair for the South Carolina section of ACOG emphasizes the safety of the procedure.

"My physician colleagues and I have pointed out the science,” Dr. Dawn Bingham said. “These regulations are medically unjustified, as abortion is one of the safest medical services, and in the United States, 25% of women will obtain an abortion by age 45. Health care professionals know that abortion restrictions are harmful to our patients and do nothing to address the urgent needs of South Carolinians, and that is why so many are coming together to urge state lawmakers to oppose legislation such as SB 1, South Carolina’s obstetrician-gynecologists are grateful that our clinician colleagues from across the spectrum of patient care are speaking out to defend the ability of our patients to make the health care decisions that are right for them and for their families.”

Across the state, advocates and health care providers believe the decision to have an abortion should remain between a pregnant person and their health care provider.

“Shared decision making between patients and their health care providers must continue to rely on science, best practices, and individual needs,” the letter states.  “We respectfully urge you to oppose legislation that restricts access to reproductive health care and seeks to punish clinicians providing compassionate, evidence-based care."

You can read the letter here.

1 comment

  1. Jackie Morfesis 26 January, 2021 at 22:06 Reply

    With all due respect, as per your article, Dr. Dawn Bingham is quoted as saying that “Abortion is one of the safest medical services.” Irony notwithstanding, not for the unborn it isn’t. 325 healthcare providers have signed a petition. 61 million aborted babies so far, did not have the opportunity to voice their opinion about their right to life. Healthcare speaks to caring for the health of one’s body. Abortion is an elective medical procedure and it is the politicization of abortion that makes it a “healthcare” issue. Whether one supports pro choice or pro life, or however one wants to frame the abortion debate, to at lease acknowledge that the unborn is indeed a viable life and should have some acknowledgement if only for the enormity of the decision is the very least that can be done. For healthcare providers whose work is to support the health and wellbeing of all, to dismiss that indeed by supporting abortion they certainly do not adhere to “harm none” nor the Hippocratic Oath. In all fairness, reporting on the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, should at the very least, have a mention and acknowledgment of the one with the heartbeat.

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