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Gov. McMaster issues order to cease payments to practices affiliated with abortion clinics

FILE - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. (WPDE)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) – Gov. Henry McMaster is directing state agencies to stop providing state or local funds to any physician or professional medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic and operating concurrently with an abortion clinic, according to a release from his office.

McMaster is issuing the executive order and says the order will stop funds such as grants, contracts, state-administered federal funds or any form of funds that would go to facilities that perform abortions.

McMaster has also directed the South Carolina Department of Public Health and Human Services to seek waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow the agency to exclude abortion clinics from the state's Medicaid provider network.

"There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women's health and family planning services without performing abortions," McMaster said. "Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood."

To help facilitate appropriate and informed access to women's health and family planning services, the governor has also directed the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate with the Department of Health and Environmental Control to make available to the public a listing of all qualified non-abortion women's health and family planning providers operating within a 25-mile radius of any abortion clinic excluded from the state's Medicaid provider network.

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