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Cunningham urges SC lawmakers to ‘wait until after November’ to take up new abortion laws

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham is calling on state lawmakers to wait until after the November election to take up new abortion laws.

In a press conference Monday, Cunningham urged his colleagues ” to give voters a chance” to weigh in on the debate.

“The people of South Carolina deserve a say in this,” he said. “Voters will tell us exactly what they want us to do about this issue in November.”

Cunningham’s plea comes on the heels of Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending constitutional protections for abortion and placing power in the hands of individual states.

That same day, Governor Henry McMaster filed an emergency motion to lift the preliminary injunction on the ‘Fetal Heartbeat Act,’ so the state can begin enforcing it as soon as possible. The law, signed in 2021, bans most abortions at six weeks but does include exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother {...}