Bill signed requires 24-hour waiting period before abortion

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill Wednesday morning that requires a 24-hour waiting period before abortions.

The new law requires that a woman who is considering an abortion be given a full day to review materials that explain what an abortion is and how to determine the age of an unborn fetus.

"I believe life is sacred, and in the debate over when life begins, I think we as a society should always err on the side of life," Gov. Sanford said in a statement. "Given current federal law, I think it's imperative that a decision of this magnitude only be made with the fullest and most accurate knowledge available. It's our hope and expectation that this new law results in a substantial decrease in the number of abortions carried out in South Carolina. Accordingly, I'd give credit to Sen. Kevin Bryant on the legislative side, and on the 'grassroots' side I'd thank Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, Lisa Van Riper of SC Citizens for Life, Alexia Newman here at the Carolina Pregnancy Center, and a host of others for the work they put into this."

In the U.S., about a quarter of all pregnancies end in abortion, while in South Carolina around 10 percent of pregnancies end in abortion, according to a news release.

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