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South Carolina ready to renew 6-week abortion ban: NPR



South Carolina Senator Penry Gustafson, R-Camden, speaks during a Senate debate on whether to pass a stricter abortion law, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in Columbia, South Carolina.

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South Carolina Senator Penry Gustafson, R-Camden, speaks during a Senate debate on whether to pass a stricter abortion law, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in Columbia, South Carolina.

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COLOMBIA, South Carolina – The South Carolina Senate on Tuesday approved a bill banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy – before most people know they are pregnant – and sent it to the governor, who promised to sign it.

The proposal restores the ban that was in place in South Carolina when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, a ban that was overturned by the state’s highest court after it went into effect because it violated the state’s constitutional right to privacy.

Republicans sought a response to this ruling because it allowed abortions up to 22 weeks of gestation and dramatically increased the number of abortions performed in South Carolina as stricter laws were passed in most other southern states.

South Carolina was one of the few southern states where abortion was legal.

South Carolina is one of the last bastions in the region for those seeking legal abortions, but that status is likely to end soon.

Most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy will be banned in North Carolina effective July 1 after the Republican-controlled State Legislature successfully overturned a Democratic governor’s veto last week. Abortion is banned or severely restricted in much of the South, including bans during pregnancy in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. In Georgia, this is only allowed in the first six weeks.

The South Carolina bill includes exceptions for fatal fetal anomalies, patient life and health, and rape or incest up to 12 weeks. Physicians can face felony charges that carry two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster said he would quickly sign the bill.

Vicki Ringer, communications director for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said after Tuesday’s vote that her organization will file a request for a temporary restraining order once the governor signs the measure. Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey told reporters he was confident the law would be followed.

The Republican-led Senate was given the opportunity to pass the bill after the South Carolina House of Representatives rejected a proposal to almost completely ban abortion at conception. Senators failed to win votes for this proposal after three different attempts.

All five female senators voted against the bill.

The vote also came after three Republican women in the Senate called on other members of their party to pass a 12-week abortion ban as they fought additional restrictions a month after helping filibusters enforce a near-total ban. They joined all the Democrats who voted against the bill.

Women in the Senate, known as the “sister senators” — three Republicans, one Democrat and one independent who are the only women in the 46-member House — marched into the State House together on Tuesday, drawing applause from dozens of gathered abortion rights supporters. on the first floor. All five wore badges that read “choose more women”.

In scathing speeches, three Republican women said the 12-week period does not give women enough time to make a decision and criticized changes such as requiring child support from conception as ridiculous.

Republican Senator Katrina Shealy backed the 12-week ban as “a real compromise.”

Shealy and Republican Senator Penry Gustafson have dismissed claims that they are not true Christians due to their stance.

“We in the South Carolina Legislature are not God. We don’t know what’s going on in someone’s life. We don’t have the right to make decisions for anyone else,” Shealy said.

Massey laid out the new rules and definitions introduced by the Republican-dominated South Carolina House of Representatives last week during proceedings slowed down by hundreds of amendments from Democrats over the course of two days. House Republicans struck down a section of the measure allowing minors to petition the court for an abortion before 12 weeks of gestation.

Last year, abortion was a big legislative issue in the state.

Tuesday marked the fourth time the House has considered abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ruling against Rowe. Wade in June 2022.

The 15 Senate Democrats united against both abortion bans have pretty much allowed the Republican majority to debate the issue among themselves. Opponents argue that South Carolina’s high maternal mortality rates – with even lower results among black patients – will worsen under the new restrictions.

Currently, abortion in South Carolina remains legal for 22 weeks, although other regulations largely block access after the first trimester at three clinics in the state. But the law has remained unchanged amid Republican disagreements over how much to restrict access, which have only recently moved towards a permit.

Republican leaders noted preliminary data from the state Department of Health that shows an increase in the number of abortions in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Supreme Court struck down a similar 2021 law as a violation of the state constitution’s right to privacy in a 3-2 decision this January. But many Republicans believe that the latest version will remain in place after changes are made to both the wording of the proposal and the composition of the court.

The action comes a week after Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly passed a decision to implement a 12-week abortion ban over a Democratic governor’s veto, bringing Virginia closer to becoming the last state in the region with relatively easy access.


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Ukrainian protester douses himself in blood in Cannes



A Ukrainian influencer said on Tuesday that she had been banned from the Cannes Film Festival following a bloody protest over the weekend.

Ukrainian fitness instructor and model Ilona Chernobay was removed from the red carpet of the French festival on Sunday after covering yourself fake blood in support of his native country in the war with Russia.

Chernobay represented Ukraine in a blue and gold dress in the colors of the national flag. As she climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals, she pulled bags of blood from under her skirt and poured them over her body.

Ukrainian model and fitness instructor Ilona Chernobay was detained by security on Sunday after she burst into fake blood at the Cannes Film Festival.


Security quickly took away a woman who violated a ban on protests issued by the city of Cannes, France. earlier this month.

Chernobay wrote about her actions on Instagram, telling her 1 million followers: “The action was in support of the occupied territories and our people who live there.”

In a caption translated into English diversity, she continued: “On the red carpet of the 76th Cannes Film Festival, I walked out in a dress in the colors of our flag and doused myself with red paint. I took my chance and this number reminded me of what is happening in Ukraine!!!”

Although Chernobay said she was worried about losing her social media platform due to sharing the bloody scene, she said: “I am very happy that my speech has spread to all the world’s media! People should not forget about us!”

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Asian stocks fall as worries about US debt rise



BEIJING (AP) – Asian stock markets tumble on Wednesday as the US government approaches a potentially devastating default on its debt.

Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong refused.

Wall Street’s underlying S&P 500 plunged 1.1% on Tuesday after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said, “We’re not on target yet” on the deal. This followed a meeting Monday with President Joe Biden that ended without agreement.

“McCarthy’s comments threw cold water” on sentiment, Vishnu Varatan of Mizuho Bank said in a report. He said the fall in prices is “paying the price for premature optimism about the debt deal.”

The Shanghai Composite lost 0.8% to 3220.44 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo fell 0.6% to 30777.29. Hang Seng in Hong Kong shed 1.2% to 19,203.05.

Kospi in Seoul fell less than 0.1% to 2566.68, while the Sydney S&P-ASX 200 lost 0.6% to 7215.40.

Indian Sensex opened up 0.2% to 62,140.23 points. New Zealand and Bangkok have won, while Singapore and Jakarta have declined.

Republicans in Washington are pushing for cuts in aid to the poor and other spending in exchange for agreeing to increase the amount the government can borrow. Biden proposed a combination of cuts and tax increases for the richest Americans, which McCarthy rejected.

Without an agreement, the government would run out of cash to pay the bills around June 1, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said. This could cause a shock in the global financial system.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 fell to 4145.58. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.7% to 33,055.51, while the Nasdaq composite lost 1.3% to 12,560.25.

Market prices for Treasury debt, which is due around the date of a possible default, fell due to uncertainty about the payment.

The 10-year Treasury yield, or the difference between the market price and the payment at maturity, fell to 3.70% from 3.72% at the end of Monday.

The yield on two-year Treasury bonds increased to 4.34% from 4.32%.

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The dollar fell to 138.26 yen from 138.48 yen on Tuesday. The euro rose to $1.0787 from $1.0776.

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