OLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — South Carolina’s attorney general asked the state’s superior court on Monday to reconsider a ruling that nullifies the state’s six-week abortion ban.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has filed a petition for retrial in the South Carolina Supreme Court. A court earlier this month ruled him 3 to 2, A 2021 law banning abortion if heart activity is detected about six weeks after conception violated state constitutional rights to privacy.
“We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision and believe that the intent of the South Carolina Constitution is clear. I had no idea,” Wilson wrote in a statement issued by his office.
After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling, stripping them of federal protection, the court’s decision in January was an important victory for abortion rights advocates.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster vowed in a state address last week to push forward with efforts to further limit abortion in the state.
“I am optimistic that we can win this historic battle to defend and protect the right and dignity of life,” McMaster said.
A court ruling overturning the six-week ban has returned the issue of abortion restrictions to the South Carolina Legislature.