Lawmaker Horrified By Consequences Of Abortion Ban Votes For Even Stricter One

A South Carolina legislator who mentioned earlier this month he had misplaced sleep over the results of a six-week abortion ban he supported simply inexplicably voted to enact a good stricter one.

Rep. Neal Collins (R), who lately made nationwide headlines when he informed his colleagues he didn’t sleep for per week when he discovered {that a} six-week ban he’d helped move final yr may result in the deaths of miscarrying sufferers, voted Tuesday night time to move a good stricter abortion ban that outlaws the process in practically all situations at each stage of being pregnant.

In a prolonged Fb publish after the invoice handed within the Home, Collins mentioned he finally determined to help the brand new invoice as a result of it carried an modification giving sufferers 12 weeks to terminate pregnancies ensuing from rape or incest if a physician stories the incidents to regulation enforcement.

“I knew, at the end, no one would cheer a nuanced position,” he wrote. “I fully understand the comments are about to be all negative. … With that, I’m now humbly your punching bag.”

Collins voted for the invoice regardless of the remorse he expressed earlier this month in regards to the six-week abortion ban, which went into impact earlier this yr. After it handed, he mentioned, a physician confronted him with the case of a teen whose water broke at 15 weeks of being pregnant, destroying fetal viability and placing her life and well being in danger ― a state of affairs that, in idea, would permit her to terminate the being pregnant beneath South Carolina’s regulation. However as a result of the fetus nonetheless had a heartbeat, the hospital decided it couldn’t legally present her an abortion and despatched her residence.

“There’s a 50% chance — greater than 50% chance — that she’s going to lose her uterus. There’s a 10% chance that she will develop sepsis and herself die,” Collins mentioned of the state of affairs earlier this month.

That sort of ordeal, medical specialists and activists have lengthy warned, completely encapsulates the issue with utilizing life-saving exceptions to justify abortion bans, and it additional reinforces the necessity for sufferers and their medical doctors to make their very own reproductive well being selections with out legislative interference.

Collins, regardless of the considerations he admitted earlier this month, doesn’t even sound so certain that the brand new invoice he voted to move received’t current the identical dangers to ladies’s lives and well-being.

“I hope that we cleared as many unintended consequences as we could,” he informed PBS Newshour on Wednesday when pressed to say if he’s completely certain this regulation received’t hurt ladies’s lives.

“This is a process,” he continued. “It now goes to a whole separate chamber ― our Senate. Hopefully they will digest the language that we have. They have something to work with. Hopefully they will have medical expert testimony. I know that they already have. I hope that we are able to clear as many possibilities as we can.”

The 12-week rape and incest exception, which Collins cited because the push he wanted to vote in favor of the ban, can also be extraordinarily limiting. Younger, preteen ladies are able to getting pregnant however very probably could not know the indicators of being pregnant earlier than the 12-week mark ― particularly in states like South Carolina that don’t require faculties to show complete intercourse training and pressure academics to encourage abstinence once they do. In addition they could wait longer than 12 weeks to pursue abortion care as a result of disgrace, stigma and trauma following rape or incest.

The South Carolina invoice has yet another procedural vote within the Home earlier than it goes on to hunt approval within the Senate.