Federal judge suspends S.C. new abortion ban

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster holds up a bill banning almost all abortions in the state after he signed it into law on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. On the same day, Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit to stop the measure from going into effect.  The state House approved the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act” on a 79-35 vote Wednesday and gave it a final procedural vote Thursday before sending it to McMaster.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster held up a bill banning almost all abortions in the state after he signed it into law on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. On the same day, Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit to stop the measure from going into effect. The state House approved the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act” on a 79-35 vote Wednesday and gave it a final procedural vote Thursday before sending it to McMaster.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

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UPDATED 3:02 PM PT – Friday, February 19, 2021

A federal judge suspended a new South Carolina law which banned most abortions.

Reports on Friday said Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day restraining order on the law, just one day after it was signed by the governor.

The order came at the request of Planned Parenthood, who filed a suit against the ban ahead of the signing. Planned Parenthood said the order was needed, as over 75 women in the state are scheduled to have abortions over the next three days.

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 28: The exterior of a Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center is seen on May 28, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. In the wake of Missouri recent controversial abortion legislation, the states' last abortion clinic is being forced to close by the end of the week. Planned Parenthood is expected to go to court to try and stop the closing. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO – MAY 28: The exterior of a Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center is seen on May 28, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

 

A hearing is slated for March 9, on Planned Parenthood’s request that the law not be enforced until its lawsuit against the state is resolved.

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