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Pro-life win: S.C. gov blocks public funds to abortion clinics

South Carolina has become the latest state in the Union to block taxpayer dollars from being paid to abortion providers.

On Friday morning, the office of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, R, released a press statement announcing a new executive order blocking state funds from being paid to abortion clinics.

The executive order directs state agencies to stop providing public funds in any form to any doctor or medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic or operating at the same location as an abortion clinic. The order also directs the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to seek waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove abortion clinics from the state’s Medicaid provider network.

“There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women’s health and family planning services without performing abortions,” McMaster said in an email release. “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

There are just three abortion clinics in the state of South Carolina: in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville. According to The State, previous inspections of these clinics by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control found multiple violations that resulted in thousands of dollars of fines and the temporary suspension of two clinics’ licenses.

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