South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took delight in implying her desire to close South Carolina’s three abortion clinics this Friday, when she made the announcement.
Using the mass media saturation of 9/11 anniversary coverage to block out this piece of negative, partisan news, Haley alleged they had all violated state law, and the matter would be turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division for investigation.
Based on the already debunked Planned Parenthood “scandal” videos, which tried to accuse Planned Parenthood of selling fetal tissue for profit, Haley targeted the state’s abortion clinics and inexplicably found they all somehow violated state law. The details of exactly how they did this were not provided. It certainly is interesting that she knows in a concrete way they did, yet she cannot provide details on how this happened.
There has been a huge recent crusade of what are called “trap laws”, in regards to abortion providers, since 2010. This includes onerous and farcical burdens such as the physical dimensions of rooms, to physician admitting privileges for local hospitals. All this is done in an attempt to make it logistically impossible for them to stay open.
Haley is taking an unprecedented step now in making the implication she intends to close the three clinics that service the entire state. And make no mistake, she DOES intend to close them. No Republican ever wanted to help an abortion clinic stay open.
This move is typical fare for Republicans. It is unconstitutional, violating the Undue Burden Standard, will be a guaranteed lawsuit, and is 99.9% likely to be a loser for Haley due to the unconstitutional nature of it.
Republicans simply do not care. Fiscally responsible? Not so much. The only things Republicans seem to have funds for these days is free-money taxpayer funded giveaways to billionaires, war, and frivolous lawsuits.
When pressed for more details on how exactly these clinics violated the law, Haley’s office redirected inquiries to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, who then refused to comment.
South Carolina might as well prepare for a costly round of lawsuits. I hope no hungry children exist there, or single parents, or roads that need repair. There will be no money for them while Haley wastes money on this nonsense. She could have burned the cash in a bum’s burning barrel and gotten more productivity out of it.
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