Henry McMaster on Abortion
Supports Personhood Bill, defining life from conception
The "Personhood Act" would define life as beginning at fertilization and extend constitutional protections to all unborn children, received a significant boost passing through the state Senate Judiciary Committee.
Earlier in the campaign, Catherine
Templeton had distinguished herself from the rest of the GOP field by saying she believes there should be an exception for incest [but she has now switched to supporting the bill].
The board of Personhood South Carolina, an organization focused on promoting the abortion ban, said Templeton's view amounted to support for murdering unborn children based on the circumstances of their conception.
All four other
Republicans in the governor's race have said they unequivocally oppose all abortions. One candidate, Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, sponsored the Personhood Act when he was a state senator, and McMaster has vowed to sign it into law if it lands on his desk.
Source: Post and Courier on 2018 South Carolina governor race
, Feb 27, 2018
Stop providing state funds to abortion clinics
The most important function of government is providing for the safety and security of the people. That extends to all life--born and unborn, young and old. I believe that human life begins at conception. That's why I directed state agencies
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature
, Jan 24, 2018
Budget shouldn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers
Gov. McMaster sent a letter to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control asking its board to "publicly reaffirm" its policy that keeps federal grant money from going to abortion providers.
"Health care services related to pregnancy care,
fertility and cancer screenings may be offered in many ways, without state subsidization of abortion providers," he wrote.
The letter was followed by a Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant press conference in which Bryant challenged the Legislature to pass a budget
that doesn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers. If next year's budget includes the funding, Bryant said he would not sign off on the state's spending plan. [Bryant does not have veto authority.]
When asked if his press conference was done
to rev up the base before next year's primary elections, Bryant pointed to his previous work in the Senate against abortion. "I've been a pro-life activist my entire life and will continue to be," he said. "This is about defunding Planned Parenthood."
Source: The Post & Courier on 2018 South Carolina Gubernatorial race
, Jun 6, 2017
Human life begins at conception
Henry McMaster has always believed that human life begins at conception and should be protected from conception to natural death. Henry will be a pro-life governor.
In 1986, Henry became the first candidate ever endorsed by South Carolina Citizens for Life. As South Carolina Republican Party state chairman, Henry McMaster ensured that the pro-life plank in the state and national party platform was never undermined.
Source: 2010 S.C. Gubernatorial campaign website HenryMcMaster.com
, Jan 11, 2017
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