Gov. Henry McMaster has issued an executive order to prevent state agencies from providing state or local funds to physicians and medical practices that perform abortions, or that are affiliated with clinics that perform abortions.
The order, signed on Thursday, blocks any form of funds for the procedure, including grants, contracts and federal funds applied by the state. It also directs the state Department of Health and Human Services to seek waivers from the federal government to exclude clinics that perform abortions from the state’s Medicaid network.
“There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women’s health and family planning services without performing abortions,” said the Republican governor in a statement on Friday. “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”
The order also directs DHHS and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to provide a list of clinics that don’t perform abortions located within 25 miles of clinics that do.
DHEC reported 11,643 abortions were performed in S.C. in 2015.