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COLUMBIA, S.C. (ChurchMilitant.com) - After heavy criticism from abortion advocates, the South Carolina health department is apologizing for suggesting better regulations on the abortion business.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) makes proposals, subject to public review, which it then passes on to the state legislature. The recent proposals related to abortion would require that:
abortionists be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology
abortion mills meet higher surgical standards
judges no longer be allowed to circumvent parental consent for juveniles seeking abortions
a wife living with her husband have his written consent for an abortion
Abortion advocates bristled at the suggested regulations. Planned Parenthood — historically against any regulation of access to abortion — commented, "Many of these proposed changes are medically unnecessary, unconstitutional and clearly designed to further impede a woman's ability to make the deeply personal decision to seek safe, legal abortion."
A spokesperson for the abortion giant commented, "Simply put, the regulations are based in politics, not medicine."
In reaction to Planned Parenthood's comment, DHEC spokesperson Jennifer Read responded that the proposal that a wife obtain her husband's consent for an abortion was "included in error." She noted that a husband's consent is already legally necessary for a late-term abortion and concluded, "We apologize for any confusion or concern these errors may have caused and are correcting the language."
The DHEC also rescinded a requirement for mandatory testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Planned Parenthood asserts the tests are "intended to shame women."
The original text of the recommendations has been removed from the DHEC website, and the rewritten proposals are expected to go before the legislature in December.
South Carolina bans most abortions after 20 weeks as well as abortions for children with severe disabilities.