Governor McMaster stopping funds for abortion clinics
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) —
Governor McMaster signed an order that would block money from healthcare providers with abortion clinics. It's triggered both praise and criticism. Critics are calling it a campaign stunt ahead of the 2018 election.
Regardless, Governor McMaster is making it clear that abortion costs don't fit the states economic development goals. In his executive order, McMaster states "Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood".
Earlier this year, President Trump signed a law letting states deny federal money to abortion providers including Planned Parenthood. According to Planned Parenthood officials, the agency serves roughly 4,000 women, men and young people in South Carolina.
Despite his order, the governor says women will still have access to health and family planning services. He directed the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate with DHEC to make a list of all non-abortion health providers that are within a 25-mile radius of abortion clinics impacted by his order.
"We have to be careful where we spend our money and economic development, schools, infrastructure, and law and order. Those are the kinds of things we ought to be spending money on," says McMaster.
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic CEO Jenny Black says the Governor's order won't have an immediate impact on services.
"While he throws women under the bus to score political points, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic will continue to focus on a wide-range of accessible, affordable healthcare services that our patients and his constituents rely on," stated Black.
According to Black, Planned Parenthood will keep fighting to protect their patients' access to healthcare. It's not clear how much money could be at stake as a result of Governor McMaster's order.