Thursday, February 5, 2009

Mike Fair predicts House ultrasound bill will pass SC Senate

At left: South Carolina state Senator Mike Fair, often to blame for these kinds of things.

Below, more on South Carolina's forced-ultrasound bill. (I first blogged on this here, and Cara of Feministe commented further here.)


Greenville Sen. Mike Fair predicts House ultrasound bill will pass SC Senate
February 4, 2009

COLUMBIA -- A Greenville senator who chaired a committee last year that forged a compromise on the issue of ultrasound and abortion said Wednesday he believes the newest tweaking of the law by the House will pass the Senate.

Sen. Mike Fair's comments came a day after the House Judiciary Committee passed and sent to the floor a bill that would require women seeking an abortion wait for 24 hours after getting an ultrasound test before undergoing the procedure.

About half the states have 24-hour waiting rules, legislators say, but South Carolina would become the first to time it starting with an ultrasound.

Critics say the legislation is an attempt to intimidate women seeking an abortion and that it would require two trips to a facility, something that will especially pose a burden for poor women from rural communities. Supporters say that the waiting period, even if it requires two visits, is warranted because of the serious nature of the decision.

"It's a reasonable thing to do to require 24 hours," Fair said. "I choose to believe we could pass that."

Fair said the 24-hour wait is something both he and Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson, another senator negotiating the issue last year, favored but that the political environment at the time would not support it. Also on the committee negotiating last year was Sen. Linda Short, a Chester County Democrat who did not run for re-election. The Senate currently has no female members.

The compromise last year requires women to wait an hour after an ultrasound before proceeding with an abortion. The intial legislation required that women seeking an abortion be shown the ultrasound image, even rape and incest victims. The resulting law requires women be told they have the option of viewing the ultrasound.

The 24-hour bill is expected to be debated on the floor of the House next week.


ArrogantWorm said...

Atrocious. Hope it fails.

jovan b. said...

Well, I am going to predict that it will fail. The GOP doesn't have enough votes in the SC Senate to override a possible filibuster.

yellowdog granny said...

them sonsabitches

mikeb302000 said...

I think the government and especially the men who run the government shoud stay the hell out of it.

Doc Anchovy said...

Unfortunately, this is more about religion than government.

sheila said...

Although I DO believe that a decision such as abortion, shouldn't be made lightly...I really wish that these lawmakers would just keep their frickin noses out of our va-ja-ja's.

Marion said...

I can't bear this. Hope it doesn't pass.

JoJo said...

Sweet Jeebus Daisy, how you can stand living in SC? That's just crap. I hope it fails.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Jojo, obviously, I am needed here. See post titled "It's a dirty job, but..."

I meant it! :D

musehunt said...

Sticking out my neck, tentatively...OK, chicken shit scaredly, I do see some merit in the law. I also see some demerits in the law. But admittedly, when it cames to abortion, I do not always know my own mind. My own opinions, yes, my own mind, no. What I do know is that I am very ambivilant about it, and that I wish there was a whole lot less of it. I just wrote something about the topic on my blog, and linked to your post here. Hope you don't mind. If you do, just let me know and I'll remove the link. Abort it, so to speak.