Bloomberg Law
Oct. 19, 2022, 8:09 PM

Divisions Emerge as South Carolina Top Court Hears Abortion Case

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter

South Carolina’s five supreme court justices Wednesday engaged attorneys in a lively debate over whether the state constitution guarantees a right to abortion beyond the six weeks allowed by a currently blocked state law.

There’s no doubt that the state’s citizens enjoy a right to privacy in the abstract, Justice John W. Kittredge said. But does that right exist as a matter of law under the South Carolina Constitution and, if so, does it encompass a right to abortion, he and the other justices asked attorneys for abortion providers, the state, legislative leaders, and the governor.

The justices came to ...

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