SC governor cuts off funding for abortion clinics in executive order

An outtake of video from CMP

An outtake of video from CMP

"Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood", Governor Henry McMaster (R) reportedly said in a statement.

In what Planned Parenthood is calling a "political stunt", the Republican governor of SC issued an unanticipated executive order on Friday that cuts off public funding for his state's abortion clinics, threatening a variety of healthcare services for Medicaid recipients and others.

The governor also directed the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate with the Department of Health and Environmental Control to make a publicly available a list "of all qualified non-abortion women's health and family planning providers" that operate within a 25-mile radius of abortion clinics excluded from the state's Medicaid provider network.

In a statement, Planned Parenthood called the order from McMaster, who is seeking re-election next year, "politically motivated".

Earlier this summer, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic accused McMaster and Bryant of wasting "taxpayers' time and money on scoring political points". "We will not stop fighting to protect our patients' access to health care", Black added.

McMaster has been circling abortion clinics since June, but Friday's executive order came without any preamble.

It's unclear if McMaster's new executive order would withstand a potential legal challenge.

The governor is gearing up for the 2018 gubernatorial election campaign against other Republicans who have promised to be harsh on abortion providers in the state. Nikki Haley, can only occur up until a pregnancy reaches 20 weeks-are the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, the Greenville Women's Clinic, and the Charleston Women's Medical Center.

"The government should not be supporting [abortions]", local pro-life activist Cheryle Freiberger said in support of McMaster's order, according to the Post and Courier.

South Carolina's three abortion providers get no money directly from the state.

The Medicaid program has provided "less than $75,000" to the Planned Parenthood in Columbia a year ago. However, in February, a federal judge blocked a similar attempt by Texas.

Thirteen states have some restrictions on how family planning funds are used, Nash said.

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