Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Greenville Women’s Clinic and two doctors have filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina for its recently passed six-week abortion ban.

The lawsuit, filed less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ended the federal constitutional right to abortion, argues the fetal heartbeat bill infringes on state constitutional rights of privacy and equal protection.

“We are once again seeking to block this harmful law that cruelly denies South Carolinians the power to make their own personal medical decisions,” said Jenny Black, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. “This fight is not new to us, and we know what’s at stake: Without court intervention, South Carolinians will continue to suffer in a state with dangerously high rates of maternal mortality and infant mortality, particularly among Black women and babies. We urgently need this court to reject Senate Bill 1 for what it is: a direct assault on our health care, our lives, and fundamental human rights.”

In other headlines: 

Federal judge issues stay on Graham subpoena to testify. A South Carolina federal judge has issued a stay to block the execution of a subpoena compelling U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham to testify to a special Georgia grand jury investigating election shenanigans in the 2020 presidential election. U.S. District Judge Henry Herlong will hold a hearing on the subpoena in Greenville on July 20. Graham has denied meddling.

CCSD prepares to demolish abandoned school for early college high school. Charleston County School District is preparing to knock down the abandoned Wilmot Fraser Elementary School in favor of an early college high school. However, the district wants to hear from the community due to past backlash over the elementary school’s historic value.

Charleston to host bicentenary of Vesey uprising. The city of Charleston is hosting a weekend of events commemorating Denmark Vesey, an abolitionist who planned an uprising to free slaves. The commemoration will include presentations and discussions in partnership between the Gaillard Center, Emanuel AME Church and the International African American Museum. See what City Paper’s Herb Frazier had to say.

Nominations open Friday for Charleston Animal Society’s Rescue Brew contest. Charleston Animal Society’s third annual Rescue Brew Beer contest is looking for its two newest pet stars. The search begins Friday and participants can submit a photo of their pet on Charleston Animal Society’s website. The winners will appear on cans of 2022 Rescue Brew Beer by Palmetto Brewing Company. Official voting for the spokescat and spokesdog will begin Aug. 15.

Nearly 4,000 children in S.C. foster care. Some 3,945 kids are currently in custody of the S.C. Department of Social Services. It’s the lowest number in the past five years, but still a strain on workers and foster parents. 1,541 children ranging from infants to six years old are currently in foster care, making up 39% of the population; 1,066 kids ages seven to 12 make up 27% of the population; and 1,338 teens, ages 13 to 17, make up 34% of the population, according to the Department of Social Services. Charleston County has the third largest need for foster parents in the state, with 261 children in the system.

Developers release rendering of proposed hotel on Savannah Highway. R4 Architecture unveiled plans for its proposed hotel off of Savannah Highway in Charleston near Interstate 526. The developers shared a proposed rendering of a hotel on nearly 10 acres of land along the highway to the West Ashley Revitalization Commission. The hotel is proposed to have 200 rooms and be seven stories tall.

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