Sanford signs abortion bill into law

Spartanburg, SC - SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford joined pro-life advocates in Spartanburg Wednesday to sign a bill that establishes a 24-hour waiting period before abortions.

The recently signed law has established a full day for South Carolina women considering an abortion to review materials objectively explaining an abortion and how to determine the age of an unborn fetus.

Sanford said Wednesday that lawmakers hope the new legislation will trim down the number of abortions carried out in South Carolina.

"I believe life is sacred, and in the debate over when life begins, I think we as a society should always err on the side of life," Sanford publicly commented. "Given current federal law, I think it's imperative that a decision of this magnitude only be made with the fullest and most accurate knowledge available."

Republicans used the opportunity to blast Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen for not taking a stand on abortion. Sheheen has sidestepped questions on the divisive issue.

GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley and other House Republicans had wanted to require that women make two trips to the clinic.

A quarter of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion, according to recent statistics. An estimated 10 percent of pregnancies in South Carolina are terminated.

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