A new proviso passed in South Carolina on Tuesday provides that South Carolina taxpayers no longer have to pay for abortions for the victims of rape and incest. The proviso (a temporary one-year law) would apply only to those individuals covered by the state's health insurance plan, approximately 417,000 people.


COLUMBIA -- 

South Carolina taxpayers would not pay for abortions in the case of rape or incest, according to a budget proviso unanimously approved by a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.

The proviso, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, would only allow state taxpayers to pay for an abortion if the life of the mother is in danger. Lawmakers have tried, and failed, to pass this proviso for at least two years.

The proviso — which means a temporary, one-year law — would only apply to people covered by the state's health insurance plan, which covers 417,000 people. But it has come to represent the broader abortion debate in general, sparking passionate debate in the House and Senate while slowing the budget process.

The dispute focuses on the definition of “victim.” Supporters, like Bryant, say the unborn child is a victim who has rights that must be protected.

“We're focusing on the rights and the liberty of an unborn child, and I can't understand why the life of a child that's a victim ought to be terminated,” Bryant said.

In other words, the victims of sexual assault are not actually victims. The "real" victim is the unborn child.

No, it doesn't make any sense. It's just more of the same devaluing of women's lives and infringement of women's reproductive freedom that has become de rigueur in the Republican Party.

[via RH Reality Check]

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