S.C. Supreme Court building in downtown Columbia | CP file photo

As state senators met Wednesday in a Columbia committee room to talk about almost completely banning abortion, the S.C. Supreme Court unanimously issued an order to block the state’s recently triggered ban temporarily on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That law generally has ruled out abortions after six weeks.

Clearly, the raw politics of abortion continue to roil the legislative and judicial landscape in South Carolina. In the injunction, the state’s five justices granted an emergency motion by abortion providers to suspend the state’s current abortion law, which was triggered in June after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal protection offered by the landmark Roe v. Wade case.

The order essentially returned South Carolina to the status quo on abortion in the state before the federal June ruling that turned the matter over to the states. And now at issue is whether state law enshrouds privacy protection that extends to abortion. 

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S.C. court ruled that breakaway churches can keep properties. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of six congregations that broke away from the Episcopal Church to keep their properties. The court previously decided in April that the congregations were to return their properties back to the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.

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Charleston looking to revise rental registration ordinance. Charleston City Council deferred Tuesday a proposed ordinance that would allow the city and landlords to easily resolve issues on their property. The ordinance is now being reworked, according to officials. The proposed ordinance will hopefully help ease tension among the city, renters, landlords and neighbors, especially on the peninsula.

Murdaugh’s attorneys accuse prosecutors of withholding evidence and leaks. Attorneys for disbarred Alex Murdaugh claim prosecutors in the double murder case are taking too long to share evidence and accuses them for leaks of the case. Because the case has become a nationwide story, one of Murdaugh’s attorneys called the trial “a trial by ambush” at a news conference Wednesday. 


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