Lowcountry mothers react to controversial abortion bill

VIDEO: Lowcountry mothers react to controversial abortion bill
Source: Live 5 news
Source: Live 5 news

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The controversial South Carolina abortion bill, signed into law Wednesday, has gained support and backlash across the Lowcountry.

The bill bans most abortions after 20 weeks beyond fertilization.
However, the bill comes with exceptions only if the mother's life is in jeopardy or a doctor determines the fetus can't survive outside the womb.

Some say this move does not show progress in South Carolina.

"It seems like for every step we take forward, we take two steps back," deputy director of American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) Shaundra Scott said. "We win one battle and we have to turn around and fight three more."

Scott feels the abortion bill is a violation of human rights.

"Allow a woman to make her own decisions about her own body," Scott said.

Scott, a mother and activist, feels it's not fair to make a law that does not take specific situations into consideration.

"Pregnancy that may have resulted as a result of rape or a young lady that was afraid to come forward before as a result of incest," Scott said.

Some say it's a bigger issue about something a little smaller.

"For me, I just want to protect the children," Valerie said.

Valerie, a mother of two, is passionate about the issue.

"If you can be a mom, that's awesome, because some people can't," Valerie said.

It's a struggle she knows all too well.

"I'm an older mom and I had difficulty getting pregnant," Valerie said, with tears in her eyes. "I actually lost a child and I had to get fertility help."

It was a tough battle for her.
But, she said, it opened her eyes to how precious a life is, no matter how it's created.

"I'd like for them to look at a bigger picture and the picture for me looks like God is in control and it's God ordained," Valerie said.

Meanwhile, others say there's some middle ground.

"I'm pro-life, but I also think you can't have a one size fits all law," Krystal Bowers said.

As South Carolinians get used to the new abortion law, some say they'll stand opposed.

"We have the right to say and do what we need to do that's most efficient for our families as opposed to what the government says what we should do," Scott said.

Others say they're pleased with the decision.

"I'm happy for my own children and if other woman can experience the joy of motherhood," Valerie said.

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