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Proposed South Carolina bill would criminalize websites that provide information about out-of-state abortions

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South Carolina’s state senate is considering a bill that would ban websites from providing information to residents about out-of-state abortions.

We obtained a copy of the considered bill for you here.

The bill, sponsored by Senators Cash, Rice, and Verdin bans “knowingly or intentionally aid[ing or] abet[ting]” abortions, including, but not limited to knowing and intentionally:

“(1) providing information to a pregnant woman, or someone seeking information on behalf of a pregnant woman, by telephone, internet, or any other mode of communication regarding self-administered abortions or the means to obtain an abortion, knowing that the information will be used, or is reasonably likely to be used, for an abortion; [or]

“(2) hosting or maintaining an internet website, providing access to an internet website, or providing an internet service purposefully directed to a pregnant woman who is a resident of this State that provides information on how to obtain an abortion, knowing that the information will be used, or is reasonably likely to be used for an abortion.”

Therefore, the bill would punish a website site for providing information about an abortion clinic in another state.

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