McMaster announced the new order in a written statement on Friday, and directly targeted Planned Parenthood.

“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,” he said. “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

The three South Carolina clinics that provide elective abortion services—which, under a state law signed last year by then-Gov. Nikki Haley, can only occur up until a pregnancy reaches 20 weeks—are the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, the Greenville Women’s Clinic, and the Charleston Women’s Medical Center.

A receptionist at the Greenville clinic told the Post & Courier that its office does not file any insurance or receive any government funding, and a receptionist in Charleston said its clinic would not be affected.

However, Dr. Scott Sullivan, the director of maternal-fetal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina—which only provides abortions deemed medically necessary by a doctor—told the paper he is “concerned” about the order and unsure how it will impact his facility. The order is being reviewed by the hospital’s legal team.

Although no legal challenges to the order have surfaced yet, courts remain split on the subject. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ruled that Arkansas can block Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. However, in February, a federal judge blocked a similar attempt by Texas. The Texas ruling is being challenged in an appeals court by the state’s attorney general.

As that court battle wages on, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and state lawmakers have continued their attempts to restrict access to reproductive healthcare. As Common Dreams reported earlier this month, Abbott signed a law that bans state insurance providers from covering any abortions—even in cases of rape, incest, or medical necessity—and requires women to pay extra premiums—or as opponents have described it, “rape insurance”—for plans that cover abortions.

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