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SC REPUBLICANS WANT DOCTORS TO FACE FIRING SQUAD WHILE TAKING AWAY WOMENS’ MEDICAL FREEDOMS

SC REPUBLICANS WANT DOCTORS TO FACE FIRING SQUAD WHILE TAKING AWAY WOMENS’ MEDICAL FREEDOMS

SC REPUBLICANS WANT DOCTORS TO FACE FIRING SQUAD WHILE TAKING AWAY WOMENS’ MEDICAL FREEDOMS

COLUMBIA, SC — This morning Republicans on the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee held a phony meeting on two anti-abortion bills under the guise of a public hearing. Only 24 constituents were allowed to testify, despite 98 signing up. The hearing was not live streamed by the state. It is clear that this meeting was just for show, to push these two bills through as quickly as possible, with as little input as possible. The truth is, Republicans are afraid to hear from their constituents on this issue, especially doctors. Every OB/GYN who testified this morning opposed the legislation.

In the legislation introduced by Senators Cash, Rice, Verdin and Grooms (S. 988), an individual who rapes a woman would face a lesser punishment than her doctor would for providing an abortion, since there is no exception for rape or incest. The bill states that a doctor that performs an abortion would be treated in the same manner as a murderer under South Carolina law. This means doctors could face the death penalty via firing squad.

“Let’s not forget that Henry McMaster and Alan Wilson have already flushed $200,000 taxpayer dollars down the toilet trying to defend their unconstitutional abortion ban from last year,” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. “Now they want to pass a bill that would put doctors in front of a firing squad for providing care to their patients. Doctors know it’s bad, South Carolinians know it’s bad, and that’s why this meeting was held in a manner that was not transparent and infringed on our freedom of speech. It is a sad day when Republicans support rapists and child molesters over the medical freedom of their victims.”

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SC REPUBLICANS WANT DOCTORS TO FACE FIRING SQUAD WHILE TAKING AWAY WOMENS’ MEDICAL FREEDOMS

SC REPUBLICANS AFRAID OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY, ATTEMPT TO BAN ABORTION WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT

SC REPUBLICANS AFRAID OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY, ATTEMPT TO BAN ABORTION WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT

COLUMBIA, SC — After South Carolina Republicans failed to pass a legal abortion ban last year, they are back to try again, and this time, without public input.

Today, South Carolina constituents who signed up to testify on the abortion ban bills received a notice that many of them would not get a chance to exercise their freedom of speech. The meeting will not be livestreamed to the public. Members of the subcommittee will choose who gets to testify and who does not.

SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. is calling on the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee to:

“Allow for additional testimony. Legislators should not get to pick and choose whose opinions they want to hear. If this means they need to hold another hearing, then so be it.

“Live-stream the hearing for the public. In 2022, amidst a raging global pandemic, there is absolutely no excuse for not livestreaming a public hearing. If the State House does not have technology that is up-to-date and capable of producing this video stream, we are happy to loan out our equipment and send someone to operate it.

“If Republicans can livestream 8 hours of testimony on cow dewormer and horse paste, they certainly can allow their constituents to testify on a bill that would take away women’s medical freedom,” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. “Republicans are the first to claim they believe in freedom of speech and the first amendment, but are the last to practice it. They are defending the rights of rapists and child molesters instead of the medical freedoms of their victims.”

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SC REPUBLICANS AFRAID OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY, ATTEMPT TO BAN ABORTION WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT

South Carolina Democratic Party Applauds President Biden’s First Year in Office

South Carolina Democratic Party Applauds President Biden’s First Year in Office South Carolina Democratic Party Applauds President Biden’s First Year in Office COLUMBIA, SC — Today marks one year since President Biden and Vice President Harris took office. After four years of divisiveness, hostility, and corruption, this was a breath of fresh air for many Americans. […]

McMASTER TO TOUT “BOLD” AGENDA FUNDED BY BILLS SC REPUBLICANS OPPOSED

McMASTER TO TOUT “BOLD” AGENDA FUNDED BY BILLS SC REPUBLICANS OPPOSED

McMASTER TO TOUT “BOLD” AGENDA FUNDED BY BILLS SC REPUBLICANS OPPOSED

COLUMBIA, SC — Tonight Governor McMaster is set to deliver a hyper-partisan account of the state of the state. Let’s be clear, the governor’s agenda is funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which was opposed by every South Carolina Republican. For decades, South Carolina’s infrastructure has been completely neglected. Thankfully, Democrats in Washington delivered for South Carolinians when they needed it most with the American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The State of South Carolina under Henry McMaster:

  • Soft on crime: In November, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division released their 2020 crime report. Under Henry’s leadership, murder rates increased 22.1% and the rate of aggravated assaults grew 10.1%. Over the past 5 years of Republican control, the murder rate has soared 52.9%.
  • Historic increase in teacher vacancies: According to The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement, teacher vacancies rose over 50% from last year.
  • Defunding public schools: Amid the worst teacher shortage ever, South Carolina Republicans are working to defund public schools by taking $3 billion for voucher programs.
  • COVID Failure: South Carolina ranks third in average daily covid cases per capita. Currently, 15 school districts and 34 individual schools across the state are operating remotely due to covid surges affecting students and teachers.
  • Lack of accessible healthcare: Republican refusal to expand Medicaid (95% of the cost is paid for by the federal government) has left 345,000 South Carolinas without health insurance.

“Every South Carolina Republican opposed the bills that are the basis of our state’s budget, programs, and recovery for the next year,” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. “We will not let Henry take any credit for this, as his party has obstructed every step of the way. It is ironic that Henry is trying to fix his failures by using money his Republican colleagues opposed.

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DERANGED SENATE MEDICAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE SETS TONE OF 2022 GOP PRIORITIES

DERANGED SENATE MEDICAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE SETS TONE OF 2022 GOP PRIORITIES

COLUMBIA, SC — This morning the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee debated S. 811, which allows medical professionals to discriminate against patients by withholding care. SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. released the following statement:

“It is baffling to me that on the second day of the legislative session, Republican state senators spent over an hour debating a bill that allows practitioners to discriminate against elderly and dying patients. South Carolinians want expanded, affordable access to healthcare, not a bill that allows doctors to become the arbiters of death. If this is any indication of how 2022 is going to play out at the South Carolina State House, it seems Republicans will spend the coming months wasting time and taxpayer dollars in pursuit of a far-right wing agenda. We will fight this discriminatory legislation tooth and nail.

“Clearly these modern day Republicans do not subscribe to the moral tenets of Ronald Reagan, who signed the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act which requires patients be treated regardless of their ability to pay.

“Senator Brad Hutto deserves a lot of credit for holding Republican elected officials accountable for this terrible legislation. He poked so many holes in Senator Josh Kimbrell’s testimony, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, that S.811 is carried over for additional debate in the subcommittee.”

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DERANGED SENATE MEDICAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE SETS TONE OF 2022 GOP PRIORITIES