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Information Outlined in the S.C. Women’s Right To Know Act

This website was created as a result of amendments to the S.C. Women’s Right To Know Act which Governor Mark Sanford signed into law on June 24, 2010. This legislation amended the state’s laws governing legal abortion at facilities licensed in South Carolina.

The information that you will find in the following pages includes: What Is Gestational Age?; the Role of Genetics; Stages of Pregnancy; Risks of Pregnancy; Methods of Abortion; Risks of Abortion; Resources for Free Ultrasound (Coming Sept. 1); and the Patient Statement Form.

If you are interested in finding resources for a wide variety of services, please refer to DHEC's Directory of Services for Women, Children and Families (pdf)

Meeting the requirements of the S.C. Women’s Right to Know Act

If you are thinking about terminating a pregnancy, the law says that you must certify to your physician or his/her agent that you have had the opportunity to review the information presented here at least 24 hours before terminating the pregnancy. We provide a certification statement at the end of these materials for your use. When you print the statement from this website, it will be stamped automatically with the date and time. You must provide this statement to your attending physician or his/her agent.

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