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Legislative Agenda | 121st General Assembly

Updated 22 April 2016

Tell Them is a SC-based initiative aimed at improving the sexual and reproductive health of all South Carolinians. For years agenda-driven politicians have proposed countless laws that would compromise reproductive rights in our state.

Tell Them is committed to working vigilantly to ensure South Carolinians have the right to

  • uncensored, medically accurate information,
  • access to all FDA-approved hormonal birth control including emergency contraception,
  • decide when, where and how they want to start a family,
  • be treated by physicians and nurses who offer treatment based on latest research and best medical practices, and
  • make medical decisions about personal health care privately and freely.

Below is a list of legislation that Tell Them is watching to ensure politics are not put before your rights as people:

Priority Legislation:

Passed

S. 3: Domestic Violence

Introduced in the Senate on December 3, 2014

Sponsor(s): L. Martin, Shealy, Malloy, Courson, Fair, Turner, Lourie and Hembree

Summary: This bill increases perpetrator accountability by creating 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree offenses for criminal domestic violence and provides enhanced penalties. It also increases victim safety by placing restrictions on firearm possession for convicted domestic violence offenders and allows victims to apply for a permanent no contact order.

 

H. 3251: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Review Committee

Introduced in the House on December 18, 2014

Sponsor(s): G.M Smith, G.R. Smith, J.E. Smith

A bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding section 44-1-310 so as to require that the Department of Health and Environmental Control establish the Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Review Committee to review and study maternal deaths and the report the findings to the General Assembly.

S. 571: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Review Committee (Companion Bill)

 

H. 3204: “Cervical Cancer Prevention Act”

Introduced in the House on December 18, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bernstein, J.E. Smith, Cobb-Hunter, M.S. McLeod, Jefferson, Horne and Bales

Contingent on full federal and state funds, it would permit the State Department of Health and Environmental Control to 1) offer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to students enrolling in the seventh grade in South Carolina; and 2) provides parents and guardians who have children in the public school system with printed information on HPV vaccination.

S. 278: “Cervical Cancer Prevention Act” (Companion Bill)

 

 

H. 3114: “South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Introduced in the House on December 11, 2014

Sponsor(s): Nanney, Hicks, Allison, Atwater, Ballentine, Bannister, Bingham, Brannon, Burns, Chumley, Clary, Corley, H.A. Crawford, Crosby, Daning, Delleney, Erickson, Forrester, Gagnon, Goldfinch, Hamilton, Henderson, Herbkersman, Hiott, Huggins, Kennedy, Limehouse, Loftis, Long, McCoy, Merrill, D.C. Moss, Newton, Pitts, Pope, Quinn, Ryhal, Sandifer, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, Stringer, Tallon, Taylor, Thayer, Yow, Wells, Willis, Hixon, Rivers, V.S. Moss, Whitmire, Bedingfield, Hill, Duckworth and Clemmons

Summary: Bans abortions performed if the age of the embryo or fetus is twenty or more weeks post-fertilization with the exception of a medical emergency. As well as, creates criminal penalties and allows for a person to seek punitive damages against physicians.

  • Passed with exceptions for severe fetal anomalies and life of the mother
  • Signed by the Governor on May 25, 2016

 

Support

S. 574: Ensuring accuracy in CHEA

Introduced in the Senate on March 18, 2015

Sponsor(s): Hutto, Shealy, Johnson, Lourie, Campbell, O’Dell and Nicholson

A bill to amend the Comprehensive Health Education Act to require instruction and materials provided be medically accurate, as well as authorize the Department of Education to take measures to work with a school district to ensure compliance with the Comprehensive Education Act, including requiring school districts publish a list of approved health education materials on its website.

  • Procedurally blocked in the Senate.

 

H. 3447: Ensuring accuracy in CHEA

Introduced in the House on January 28, 2015

Sponsor(s): Horne, Robinson-Simpson, Cobb-Hunter, M.S. McLeod, Knight, Henegan, Bernstein, Funderbunk and Dillard

A bill to amend the Comprehensive Health Education Act to require instruction and materials provided be medically accurate, as well as authorize the Department of Education to take measures to work with a school district to ensure compliance with the Comprehensive Education Act, including requiring school districts publish a list of approved health education materials on its website.

  • Assigned to House Education Committee.

 

S. 639: Uniform Anti-Discrimination Act

Introduced in the Senate on April 1, 2015

Sponsor(s): Hutto, Kimpson and Matthews

Summary: This makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an individual because of the individual’s sexual orientation.  It also makes it unlawful for a person to discriminate against an individual based on sexual orientation when selling property; which prohibits the denial of access to or membership or participation in a multiple listing service.  The act also prohibits a home health agency and hospice programs from discriminating against a patient or potential patient on the basis of sexual orientation.  The same prohibitions apply to hotels, motels, restaurants, and boardinghouses and prohibits discrimination against a person or segregation from a place of public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation.

  • Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

Oppose

 

S. 25: “South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Groom, Bryant and Verdin

Bans abortions performed if the age of the embryo or fetus is twenty or more weeks post-fertilization with the exception of a medical emergency.

  • Defeated

 

S. 28: “South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Grooms and Verdin

Summary: Outlaws abortions when the age of the embryo or fetus is twenty or more weeks. Further, it requires physicians to calculate the age of the fetus using the probable post-conception age.

  • Defeated

 

S. 130: “South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bright

Summary: Outlaws abortions when the age of the embryo or fetus is twenty or more weeks. Further, it requires physicians to calculate the age of the fetus using the probable post-conception age.

  • Defeated

 

S. 34: Restricting medication abortions

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bryant and Grooms

Summary: It would require physicians to treat women seeking medication abortion according to a decade-old method that is less safe, less effective, and more expensive than the evidence-based method support by medical experts, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The bill would also ban all medication abortions after 49 days of pregnancy, forcing women to undergo a surgical procedure when they otherwise would have the safe and effective option of using medications. It would also effectively ban the most commonly used treatment for an ectopic pregnancy, immediately endangering women’s health and future fertility. It would also ban providing medication abortion using telemedicine.

  • Defeated

 

S. 92: Requiring admitting privileges and Board certification for abortion providers

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bright and Grooms

Summary: Requires abortion providers be certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as have admitting privileges at a certified hospital, if the procedure is performed outside a certified hospital.

  • Defeated

 

S. 96: “The South Carolina Human Heartbeat Protection Act”

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bright

Summary: Requires physicians perform a fetal heartbeat abdominal ultrasound prior to performing an abortion and provide information to patient, with exception for instances of rape, incest, medical emergency or to preserve the life/health of the woman. Further it outlaws abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected following the 12th week. 

  • Defeated

 

S. 108: Prohibiting hormone therapy and gender reassignment for prisoners

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bright

Summary: Prohibits use of state funds to provide inmates in the state prison system with sexual reassignment surgery or hormonal therapy.

  • Defeated

 

S. 122: Banning abortion coverage on the state health plan

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bright

Summary: Relating to state employee and retirees insurance, it prohibits employer contributions for abortions and ancillary services and establishes a fund to reimburse individuals where abortions were performed in cases of rape, incest, or where the health or life of the mother was endangered.

  • Defeated

 

S. 129: “Personhood Act of South Carolina”

Introduced in the Senate on December 03, 2014

Sponsor(s): Bright, Grooms, Verdin, Cromer, Fair and S. Martin

Summary: This bill seeks to grant constitutional rights to fertilized eggs.

  • Defeated

 

S. 558: Joint Resolution, Personhood

Introduced in the Senate of March 17, 2015

Sponsor(s): Bright

Summary: A joint resolution to propose an amendment to the Constitution of South Carolina to grant constitutional rights to fertilized eggs.

  • Defeated

 

H. 4093: Joint Resolution, Personhood

Introduced in the House on April 29, 2015

Sponsor(s): Chumley, Burns, Loftis, Bedingfield, G.R. Smith, Putnam, Stringer, Daning, H.A. Crawford, Nanney, Hicks, Yow, Norman, Pope, Rivers, Toole, Atwater, Hill, White, Thayer, Gagnon, Gambrell, Kennedy, Huggins, Whitmire, Bingham, Allison, Tallon and Taylor

Summary: A joint resolution to propose an amendment to the Constitution of South Carolina to grant constitutional rights to fertilized eggs.

  • Defeated

 

S. 719: Personhood

Introduced in the Senate on April 28, 2015

Sponsor(s): Bright, Cromer, Bryant, S. Martin, Turner, Fair and Shealy

Summary: An amendment that would grant constitutional rights to fertilized eggs.

  • Defeated

 

S. 531: Banning D&E procedure

Introduced in the Senate on March 10, 2015

Sponsor(s): Bryant

Summary: Bans a medically-proved method of abortion and ban surgical abortions after 14 weeks.

  • Defeated

 

H. 4538: “Defunding the Abortion Industry and Advancing Women’s Health Act”

Introduced in the House on December 10, 2015

Sponsor(s): Hicks, Lucas, Delleney, G.M. Smith, Brannon, Bedingfield, Burns, Chumley, Corley, H.A. Crawford, Daning, Erickson, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Hamilton, Henderson, Hill, Hiott, Hixon, Huggins, Kennedy, Norman, Pitts, Putnam, Rivers, G.R. Smith, Taylor, Thayer, Toole, Merrill, Yow, Hardee, Tallon and Atwater

Summary: Prohibits federal and state funds from going to universities, hospitals, non-profit and state agencies that associate or provide any service related to abortion care, counseling or referrals. It would eliminate Title X funding in the state.

  • Defeated

 

H. 4629: Requiring ultrasound and two-trip abortion procedure

Introduced in the House on January 12, 2016

Sponsors: Hicks, Delleney, Brannon, Lucas, Taylor, Johnson, H.A. Crawford, Collins, Erickson, Kennedy, Toole, Chumley, Burns, Putnam, G.R. Smith, Bedingfield, Allison, Hardee, Crosby, McCoy, Jordan, Daning, Huggins, Clemmons, Duckworth, Quinn, Newton, Gagon, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Hill, Hiott, Hixon, Pitts, Stringer, Tallon and Thayer

Summary: Requires a woman have an ultrasound before an abortion and ties the ultrasound to a 24-hour waiting period which would require the woman make two trips to the provider.

  • Defeated

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