By Andy Brack, editor and publisher (updated) | To say that recent actions by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control on proposed changes to abortion regulations are “troublesome” may be the understatement of the year.
What should happen, based on its errors at best or bureaucratic incompetence at worst, is the massive agency should be split into two — health and environment — to reduce its power and make sure it is responsive to South Carolina’s citizens. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Back in late September, the agency published proposed draft language to make regulatory changes to the state’s standards for licensing abortion clinics. The draft changes remain open for public comment until Oct. 24. After that, the DHEC Health Licensing staff is to review the comments and make changes before submitting to the DHEC board for review and a public hearing in December.