Posts Tagged:south carolina

As S.C. Catholics challenge state’s Blaine Amendment, scholars argue it was ‘born of bigotry’

Catholics and others challenging South Carolina’s Blaine Amendment are right to argue that the amendment was “born of bigotry and prejudice, based on race and religion,” two scholars say. The state’s Blaine Amendment – a constitutional ban on public funds for private religious schools – was enacted amid efforts by those schools to educate freed…Read More

Charleston diocese ‘extremely disappointed’ with law recommencing executions

South Carolina on Monday became the fourth state to officially sanction the use of the firing squad as a method of execution. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed into law a bill allowing the state to execute death row inmates by electrocution or firing squad, if the drugs used for lethal injection are not available. Previously,…Read More

Charleston diocese sues South Carolina for barring Covid-relief funds from private schools

The Diocese of Charleston filed a suit against South Carolina on Wednesday challenging the state’s “Blaine Amendment”, which prohibits public funds from going to private schools. The state supreme court has blocked the governor’s efforts to provide Covid-relief funding to private schools and the parents of private school students, citing the state’s Blaine Amendment. Bishop…Read More

Judge halts South Carolina fetal heartbeat abortion ban after Planned Parenthood sues

A federal judge on Friday temporarily halted South Carolina’s law banning most abortions if fetal heartbeats are detected roughly 24 hours after it was signed by the governor. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis placed a two-week temporary restraining order on the law ahead of a March 9 hearing that will determine a preliminary…Read More

South Carolina Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

A South Carolina bill that bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable may become law this week. WMBF News reports the state House passed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act in a 79-35 vote Wednesday following its approval in the state Senate in late January. The pro-life bill prohibits abortions…Read More

As heartbeat bill passes key hurdle, Charleston diocese welcomes progress

A proposed South Carolina ban on abortion after an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected has won approval from the state senate for the first time, drawing praise from the Catholic Diocese of Charleston. “The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston fully supports legal protection for unborn children, so we are extremely pleased that the South…Read More