Fight and Stop S.217, The Personhood Bill of South Carolina
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The bill in question is Senate Bill 217 – the Personhood Act. This bill gives fertilized eggs all the legal protections as a living person. If this bill passes, a fertilized egg will obtain constitutional protections, thus putting the legal rights of woman second.
Tragically in today’s society, sexual predators are all around us. Now, imagine a 13-year-old girl becomes the victim of a heinous sexual assault crime in South Carolina and, in turn, tragically gets pregnant. Presently, this young girl would have the right to have an abortion; however, what would happen if the Personhood Act of South Carolina is passed? Simply, this right would be taken away, and almost all abortions in the State of South Carolina would be deemed illegal.
Due to the recent traction that the Personhood Bill has gained, many individuals and groups have begun to initiate a public effort against it. One group that has begun to take action is Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. On January 1, 2015, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic formed due to the merger of Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina with the intent to provide abortions to women and support a woman's choice. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is a branch of the National Planned Parenthood Organization that began in Brooklyn in October 1916 and has collectively grown to become the leading provider of women’s health and sexual education in the United States.
Vicki Ringer, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said that the main way to terminate the proposed law is through education. Vicki and her team are doing everything in their power to educate lawmakers and the public about what this harmful bill means for reproductive care, and how it violates the existing law in South Carolina. Planned Parenthood had public events such as Women's Voices, Women's Lives Speak-out where supporters and individuals with first-hand experience using Planned Parenthood shared their stores. Events such as this have helped rallied support against the bill.
In an effort to support Vicki, her team, and the fight against the Personhood Bill, I ask that you sign this petition to show your support for a women's right to make her own decisions about her own body.
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