The U.S. Supreme Court Friday morning voted to overturn Roe v. Wade | Photo by Manny Becerra on Unsplash

Supporters and opponents of reproduction rights were shocked when a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court memo detailed the Justices’ opinion which would overturn Roe v. Wade, setting off a wave of protests and rallies across the nation. A final decision is still pending and could take months before the verdict is reached.

In South Carolina, abortion rights activists say the high court’s opinion will serve as a “wake-up call” to motivate state voters. The state, however, is likely to ban abortions in South Carolina if the court makes the draft opinion — or a similar version of it — final. State Republican lawmakers and Gov. Henry McMaster have said they support stricter abortion bans if Roe is overturned. More: The New York Times, The State, The Post and Courier, Charleston City Paper, The Washington Post

In other headlines: 

Target sets opening date for downtown Charleston location. Retail giant Target is set to open its compact King Street location in downtown Charleston May 15, giving college students a one-stop shopping experience many have said is sorely needed. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston set to move into second phase of West Ashley drainage project. A flood-prone area of West Ashley near Highway 61 could soon get millions of dollars in drainage improvements over the coming year. More: WCSC TV

North Charleston accounted for 33% of MUSC’s gunshot victims in 2021. The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) says a third of its gunshot wound victims last year came from North Charleston, a problem officials said has plagued the Lowcountry since the onset of COVID-19. More: WCBD TV

Former Goose Creek high school resource officer under SLED investigation. State agents are investigating a former Stratford High School resource officer who was fired earlier this year over allegations of “inappropriate behavior” involving a student. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston County holding free hurricane prep classes this week. Charleston County is holding classes to help residents prepare for tropical weather threats as National Hurricane Preparedness Week gets underway. More: WCSC TV

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