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“We hold that our state constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.”

South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn, in the 3-2 opinion that ruled that a state law banning abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional because it violates a right to privacy. (Reuters — Jan. 5, 2023)

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