COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – A state circuit court judge heard an injunction request to block South Carolina’s abortion ban as early as six weeks into a pregnancy on Tuesday.
Circuit Judge Casey Manning did not make a ruling on the injunction Tuesday. So the ban remains in effect while the legal battle continues.
Attorneys for the state, Governor, lawmakers and others petitioned Judge Manning to send the case immediately to the state Supreme Court..
After listening to arguments Tuesday morning, Judge Manning granted that request. He said, “I don’t make my decision without a great deal of thought. I concluded after all I’ve read and heard, the motion…should be granted.”
The lawsuit was filed by Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Greenville Women’s Clinic, and two abortion physician plaintiffs who practice in the state a few weeks ago.
They argued the six-week ban violates the state Constitutional right to privacy.
Attorneys for Planned Parenthood argued the right to privacy should extend to abortions. Attorney Hannah Swanson said, “That textual right provides the government cannot commit unreasonable invasions of privacy of one’s person. It’s specifically about bodies and bodily decision making.”
The right of privacy was added to the state Constitution in 1971.
South Carolina Solicitor General Bob Cook said, “When the voters went to the polls in 1970, I can assure you they did not think they were voting for a right to abortion in approving a privacy right dealing with search and seizure.”
The South Carolina Supreme Court will have the final say on whether or not to take up this case.
You can watch the full arguments from Tuesday’s hearing below: