Updated 3:10 p.m.
Family planning services will continue to be available under an executive order by Gov. Henry McMaster, R-Columbia.
That order, signed on Friday, also directs one state agency to sever abortion clinics from the Medicaid program.
McMaster directed the state Department of Health and Human Services to use money carried over from last year’s budget to continue its Family Planning program. McMaster vetoed nearly $16 million in Family Planning dollars in the agency’s budget one week earlier because some of those dollars fund clinics that perform abortions.
Under the program, preventative health care, birth control and permanent sterilization would continue to be available to families living at or below 194 percent of the federal poverty level—nearly $49,000 in annual household income for a family of four.
“Although the State should not contract with abortion clinics for family planning services, the State also should not deny South Carolinians access to necessary medical care and important women’s health and family planning services, which are provided by a variety of other non-governmental entities and governmental agencies,” McMaster said in a statement on Friday.
Lawmakers are expected to return to Columbia in September, when they may take up McMaster’s vetoes—42 line items in the roughly $8 billion budget.