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Congratulations to South Carolina Citizens for Life for a job well done

by | Jun 15, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This appeared in the June digital edition of National Right to Life News. Along with the many news stories, commentaries, and analyses, this editorial can be read at

NikkiHaleysigns3reFirst the unambiguously good news. Yesterday, South Carolina joined the legion of honor by becoming the 14th state to say no, we will not allow you to abort babies who are capable of experiencing pain beyond imagination as they are being torn limb from limb.

The Palmetto State joins Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. South Carolina is the second state this year to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act .

There was a last-minute push by pro-abortionists to pressure pro-life Gov. Nikki Haley into not signing the bill into law. Wasn’t going to happen, but it was good for headlines in the local press.

As you expect–check that, as you would know–the press did its usual number on the bill. Part and parcel of the assault on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is to act as if nobody in their right mind–or at least no one with academic credentials–could possibly believe that by 20 weeks an unborn baby is capable of pain.

There is an abundance of evidence which you can find at and also at

In that vein, consider the following.

Holly Gatling is the executive director of South Carolina Citizens for Life who was a reporter prior to joining the Movement. She sent a letter to Post and Courier newspaper (naturally not printed) in which she challenged “the reckless comments” of a faculty member of the Medical University of South Carolina “who falsely asserts that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was not vetted by physicians.”

In fact, as Holly wrote,

Compelling, academically credible testimony was presented before both the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Medical Affairs Committee. Witnesses in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act included, among others, physicians, lawyers, a doctor of neuroscience, and a 13-year-old athlete, Savanna Duke, who was born missing one leg after her parents withstood heartless pressure to abort her. The sole physician serving in the General Assembly strongly supported the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

All of this is a matter of public record for The Post and Courier to document in the news hole where impartial facts, not ignorant opinions, should be published.

I could write a lot more, but this hits the nail right on the head. Whether it is on the editorial pages or covered/not covered in news columns, you virtually never see even a pretense at being even-handed.

But, that is understandable. An overwhelming percentage of public supports this kind of legislation, as we have reported numerous times. So the next best thing to having people behind you is to distort the facts about the capacity of the unborn to experience excruciating pain, in the hope that you can poison the well of public opinion.

That’s where come in with a steadfast commitment to the unvarnished truth.

Congratulations to South Carolina Citizens for Life for a job well done.

Categories: Legislation