In August 2023, South Carolina’s six-week abortion ban took effect after the all-male state Supreme Court ruled to uphold S. 474. The bill was almost identical to one struck down by the same court in January 2023 as a violation of South Carolinians’ right to privacy under the state constitution.

This decision severely restricting access to abortion care is dangerous and deeply harmful to victims of sexual and domestic violence and will have a devastating impact on somebody you know. It may be you.

Sexual and domestic violence removes a victim’s choice and control over their own body. People living in abusive relationships often experience violence and intimidation from abusers to control their sexual and reproductive choices. Once someone becomes pregnant, violence frequently escalates, putting them at greater risk of domestic homicide — a leading cause of death during pregnancy.

The extremely narrow rape and incest exceptions that require physicians to report to law enforcement do not protect survivors, but instead violate their confidentiality which is critical to their safety in the aftermath of violent assaults by men.

Denying access to critical health care, including abortion care, increases the danger a victim is in and decreases their ability to seek safety from their rapist or abusive partner.

Rather than #StandingWithSurvivors, our state’s Supreme Court and lawmakers have chosen to hand abusers yet another weapon to control their partners while the bodily autonomy of ALL women is being undermined.

SCCADVASA will continue our advocacy efforts for access to abortion care and reproductive rights for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Take Action: Use Your Voice and Stand With Survivors

Everyone knows someone who has been a victim of domestic and sexual violence. We ask that you speak up and stand with survivors whose voices have been ignored and marginalized, both in their homes, and now by South Carolina Lawmakers.

You can help ensure that the voices of survivors are heard in the statehouse and on Capitol Hill by calling your legislators, senators, and representatives.

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