Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, South Carolina U.S. District Court

Judge Mary Geiger Lewis

Southern Carolina U.S. District Court

Mary Geiger Lewis was born in December 1958 in Columbia, South Carolina. She received an undergraduate degree from Clemson University and her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She clerked for a South Carolina judge, then entered private practice.

She was nominated to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina by President Barack Obama. She was confirmed by a 64-27 vote of the Senate and received her commission in June 2012.

She is married to Camden Lewis and they have two children.

In the News…

The South Carolina legislature passed recent legislation restricting abortion, called the “fetal heartbeat” law. It would stop abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and sometimes before a woman realizes she is pregnant. Even before Governor Henry McMaster had put pen and ink to paper to sign the bill into law, the state was sued by Planned Parenthood.

The next day, Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day temporary restraining order on the law and will renew it until she can hold a more substantial hearing on March 9.

In court papers, the plaintiffs alleged the temporary restraining order was needed in part because more than 75 women are scheduled to have abortions in the state over the next three days, and most of them would have been banned under the new law.

The “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act” is similar to laws that have been previously passed in a dozen states, all of which have been stopped from being implemented by cases currently tied up in court. Federal law, which takes precedence over state law, currently allows unrestricted abortion.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Lewis today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis
U.S. District Court for South Carolina
901 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201


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