By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Ah, to live in a pro-life state. Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina has cut off state funding for abortions. Apparently he made the move because his Lieutenant Governor is going to be running against him and the LG has been pushing the funding ban. That is great— the sitting Governor has to prove that he is pro-life enough. There are a few possible court wrinkles, but, as you can see from Ed Morrissey's analysis, the ban will probably hold.
Can McMaster cut off these funds? In the case of discretionary funds from the state budget, almost certainly. The Medicaid funding issue is more tricky. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has signaled more openness to approving waivers for states who wish to direct those funds to non-providers of abortions, but an earlier case in Texas resulted in a temporary injunction against Greg Abbott’s attempts to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood clinics.