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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Monday filed a rehearing request with the state Supreme Court to reverse the ruling on a six-week abortion ban passed in 2021. The high court ruled earlier this month in a 3-2 vote that the 2021 law banning abortions when cardiac activity is detected, which is about six weeks after conception, violated the state constitution’s right to privacy.

The petition suggests the court failed to “properly consider the intent of the authors of the state constitution’s 1971 privacy amendment and the voters who approved it,” according to The Post and Courier

Gov. Henry McMaster, who vowed last week in his State of the State address to further restrict abortion access, was among those who filed the petition with Wilson. 

Women’s health care advocates said the court has already considered and rejected the arguments brought up by the GOP leaders.  “We hope the court rejects them, again, in short order,” said Planned Parenthood’s Vicki Ringer.

In other headlines:

U.S. plans to end public health emergency for Covid. The move is expected to happen in May. The decision to end the public health emergency is a sign that federal officials believe the pandemic has become a less-dire situation.

Murdaugh trial, day 6: Whispered comment brought into evidence in trial. A South Carolina investigator testified Monday that accused murderer Alex Murdaugh may have whispered, “I did him so bad” three days after the murders. However, some in the courtroom believe he said, “They did him so bad.” Court ended Monday before defense could cross-examine the agent.

Black History month webinars focus on connection with West Africa. Fambul Tik, a heritage experience organization that promotes the links between Gullah Geechee people and Sierra Leone, will host four webinars each Saturday during Black History Month in February.

Charleston nonprofit partners with apartment group to help combat homelessness. Shelters to Shelters, a new Charleston nonprofit, has partnered with the Charleston Apartment Association to find jobs for people with skills in leasing, maintenance or groundskeeping through the Lowcountry’s multifamily community of more than 65,000 units.

Lowcountry brewery unveils new taproom. Coast Brewing opened its first taproom at 250 2nd St. N., next to its industrial setup on North Charleston’s former Navy yard.

College of Charleston falls out of AP’s Top 25. College of Charleston fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after a weekend loss to Hofstra.

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