Personhood Report: Opposition of Pope-Appointed US Roman Catholic Bishops to Multiple States’ Personhood Legislation: 2006 – 2012

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
January 11, 2018

Personhood Report:

Opposition of Pope Appointed US Roman Catholic Bishops to Multiple States’ Personhood Legislation: 2006 – 2012

Michigan (2006)
Georgia (2008)
Colorado (2008, 2009/2010, 2012)
Montana (2008, 2009)
North Dakota (2009)
Florida (2009)
Missouri (2010)
Mississippi (2011)

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Opposition of Pope Appointed US Roman Catholic Bishops to Multiple States’ Personhood Legislation: 2006 – 2012

http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2018-01-09-Opposition-of-Pope-Appointed-US-Roman-Catholic-Bishops-to-Multiple-States-Personhood-Legislation-2006-2012.pdf

Michigan (2006)
Georgia (2008)
Colorado (2008, 2009/2010, 2012)
Montana (2008, 2009)
North Dakota (2009)
Florida (2009)
Missouri (2010)
Mississippi (2011)

[ Flyer with hyperlinks posted at: http://christianlifeandliberty.net/, News 2011-2018 page ]

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[ 2012 – Colorado ] Colorado [ Roman ] Catholics for Personhood

Re: Colorado [ Roman ] Catholic Conference Letter – March 20, 2012
https://coloradocatholicsforpersonhood.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/scan0010.pdf

Re: [ Roman Catholic ] Archdiocese of Denver [ Colorado ] Letter – April 2, 2012
https://coloradocatholicsforpersonhood.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/scan0010.pdf

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[ 2011 – Mississippi ] New York Times
Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight
October 25, 2011  [ Excerpts, emphasis, comments within [  ] added ]

“[ Vatican proxy ] National Right to Life and the Roman Catholic bishops, have refused to promote it, …”

“[ Pope appointed ] Bishop Joseph Latino of Jackson, Miss., said …  the Roman Catholic Church does not support [ Mississippi Personhood Amendment ] …”

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[ 2011 – Mississippi ]
US Roman Catholic Bishops and National Right to Life*** do NOT support Personhood legislation
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/11/07/us-roman-catholic-bishops-and-national-right-to-life-do-not-support-personhood-legislation/

***CP Note:

Vatican proxy National Right to Life was formed under the auspices of the then-National Conference of (Roman) Catholic Bishops in 1968 – five years BEFORE ( !? ) Roe v. Wade in 1973, and just three years AFTER the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, with Vatican II’s major emphasis on Ecumenism; which is one major reason why Rome’s Hierarchy is PERPETUATING  “abortion” in America; i.e., to PERPETUATE the “Pro-Life Movement” which has been for years such  a fruitful platform for Rome to promote its anti-Bible, anti-Christ, ecumenism.  Rome is first and foremost about promoting Rome.  Rome’s goal is to make the formerly majority Protestant United States of America more Roman Catholic. ( And by the invasion of millions of illegal aliens from Central and South America, Rome is also achieving this strategic hegemonic goal by Romanizing America through Illegal Immigration. )

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[ 2010 – Missouri ] Missouri [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ mocatholic.org ]:
Joint Statement of the Missouri [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops on the Personhood Amendment Petition Drive
April 19, 2010

Missouri Personhood Amendment (2010)  [ Ballotpedia ]

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[ 2009 / 2010 – Colorado ] Colorado [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ cocatholicconference.org ]:

Colorado [ Roman ] Catholics for Personhood
Re: Colorado Roman Catholic Bishops’ Letter – October 1, 2009

Second Poll: Colorado Personhood Amendment Likely to Lose  [ LifeSiteNews.com ]

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[ 2009 – Montana ] Montana [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ montanacc.org ]:
Statement by the Roman Catholic Bishops of Montana
November 19, 2009

Human personhood and ill-advised [ Roman ] Catholic bishops [ Renew America
]
December 10, 2009

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[ 2009 – Florida ] Florida Conference of [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops [ flaccb.org ]:
Florida Personhood Amendment, Sep 2009
September 9, 2009

Florida Bishops Oppose Personhood Amendment  [ LifeSiteNews.com ]
September 29, 2009  [ Text within [  ] added ]

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[ 2009 – North Dakota ] North Dakota [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ ndcatholic.org ] North Dakota [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops Opt to Preserve Roe v. Wade
  ( Right Side News )
April 2, 2009

Statement of the [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops of North Dakota on Pro-Life Legislation in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly
March 12, 2009

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL NO. 1572

Effects of totally gutting HB1572 and replacing with amendment proposed by the North Dakota Roman Catholic Bishops

‘Personhood’ bill fails, Bismarck Tribune [ North Dakota ]
April 3, 2009

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[ 2008 – Montana ] The Billings Gazette (MT)
[ Roman Catholic ] Bishops won’t back abortion [ personhood ] measure  [ Edited ]
February 29, 2008

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[ 2008 – Colorado ] The Denver Post
[ Ro  man ] Catholic Conference does not back personhood amendment  [ Edited ]
February 28, 2008

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[ 2008 – Georgia ] The Georgia Bulletin
The Newspaper of the [ Roman ] Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
[ Roman ] Catholic Conference Hosts Feb . 5 Day At Capitol
Published January 17, 2008

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[ 2006 – Michigan ] Detroit News
Abortion foes split over ballot – Michigan constitutional amendment would say life begins at conception.  [ Edited ]
May 30, 2006

[ 2006 – Michigan ] Celebrate LIFE Magazine
Sabotage in Michigan [ sabotage of a pro-life legislation drive ]
JANUARY 01, 2007  [ Note: Roman Catholic author ]

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The US Supreme Court has done to the US Constitution what the Roman Catholic Church Hierarchy has for centuries done to God’s Word, the Holy Bible: usurped, perverted, ignored, corrupted and rejected the authority of the written text for its own pronouncements:

The Christian Statesman – “For the  Crown Rights of Jesus Christ”

Court Tradition, or the Constitution Alone?
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-02-06-The-Christian-Statesman-Nov-Dec-2005-Court-Tradition-or-the-Constitution-Alone.pdf
November-December 2005  Vol. 148., No. 6, pp. 15-19.

Excerpts [ pp. 15-16 ]:

‘… the [ US ] Supreme Court became to the [ US ] Constitution what the Roman Catholic Church had become to the Bible. Constitutionally speaking, there are few “Protestants” today.  Few believe in the doctrine of the [ US ] Constitution alone. Few even know it exists.’

We Are All Constitutional Romanists Now [4]

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During the Reformation, Roman Catholics and Protestants were divided by a basic, theological question.  On what did authority rest?  Did it rest on the Bible plus church tradition or on the Bible alone?  The same theological question divides Romanists and Protestants today.  Rome holds to tradition.  Protestants reject it.’

     ‘In the constitutional realm, a similar question should divide Americans today.  On what does the legal authority of the government of the United States rest?  On the Constitution plus Court precedents or on the Constitution alone?  In the political establishment there is no doubt.  The Constitution plus Court precedent are the pillars of authority.  This gives the men and women of the legal establishment great power … when it comes to the ultimate law of the United States, virtually all Americans today are “Romanists.” ‘

     ‘Of course, ignorance permits deception.  Americans must become constitutionally literate.  There must be a reformation in the way citizens see the role of the [ Supreme ] Court.  There must be a people who raise the banner of “The Constitution Alone.” Christians must be those people.  They should be able to see the parallel between Scripture Alone and Constitution Alone.’

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‘GOD Has Shown US Great MERCY…What Will We Do with the OPPORTUNITY?
Letter to the Editor / Opinion Editorial
Steve Lefemine, Christian pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
exec. dir. Christians for Personhood
November 12, 2016 / Edited, Revised November 14, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-11-12-GOD-Has-Shown-US-Great-MERCY-Letter-to-the-Editor.pdf

Personhood is Abolition
Personhood is abolition.  Here in South Carolina, we have advocated passage of State personhood legislation continuously for the last 19 years since 1998 [ History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina ( 1998 – 2016 )  ].
The current 2017 legislation in the SC Legislature is called the Personhood Act of South Carolina ( S .217 / H.3530).
– South Carolina Personhood legislation recognizes the Creator God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in SC law.
Steve Lefemine
exec. dir., Christians for Personhood
March 15, 2017 [ Edited July 15, 2017 ]
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-03-15-Personhood-is-Abolition-edited-July-15-2017.pdf

‘For the Murdered Unborn, Incrementalism is Not Justice’
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/04/11/for-the-murdered-unborn-incrementalism-is-not-justice/
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-04-10-Incrementalism-is-Not-Justice-Incrementalism-is-Evil.pdf

Black’s Law Dictionary (2009): Person = “A Human Being”
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2013-12-11%20%20Blacks%20Law%20Dictionary%202009;%20Person%20=%20A%20Human%20Being.docx

LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012):
 – Herb Titus is an attorney, constitutional scholar, author, the founding Dean of College of Law/Gov’t at Regent University
Mathew Staver is former Dean of the School of Law at Liberty University; and Liberty Counsel founder and chair
– Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is President Emeritus of Foundation for Moral Law
   April 5, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-04-05-Legal-experts-supporting-constitutionality-of-State-level-Personhood-legislation-SC-MISS-ALA-OK-edited-Jan-27-2017.pdf

(The Times Examiner) ‘Personhood and 2018 SC Legislature’ – ‘Pass Personhood Now !’ – Jan. 3, 2018

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
January 9, 2018

The Times Examiner (Jan. 3, 2018):

Personhood and 2018 SC Legislature

‘Pass Personhood Now !’

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The 2018 Session of the SC Legislature has begun today, Tuesday, January 9. The regular Session runs through May 10, 2018.  There are therefore about four months for the Personhood Act of SC to be first passed by the Republican-majority SC Senate ( 28R, 18D ), and then by Republican-majority SC House ( now 78R, 44D, 2 vacancies ), and then signed by the Republican Governor of South Carolina ( who has already written in this October 2, 2017 Letter his willingness to do so ).

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The Times Examiner ( Greenville, SC )
INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF THE PALMETTO STATE

‘Personhood and 2018 SC Legislature’
‘Pass Personhood Now !’
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2018-01-09-Personhood-and-2018-SC-Legislature-Pass-Personhood-Now!-The-Times-Examiner-Jan-03-2018.pdf
January 3, 2018

[ Excerpts, emphasis, hyperlinks added ]

In 2018, South Carolina has an opportunity to make US history becoming the first State to pass personhood into law, thereby Establishing Justice for pre-birth human beings.

     SC Governor Henry McMaster has stated in a letter ( Oct 2, 2017 ) he will sign the Personhood Act into SC Law.

     SC Representative Greg Delleney (R-Chester), chairman of the SC House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly stated he will get the bill passed in the SC House of Representatives if it is first passed in the SC Senate.

Senate Bill S.217, the Personhood Act of South Carolina, passed a SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on April 26, 2017, and awaits consideration by the full Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by SC Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry).

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General Calendar for events in 2018:

1) NLT Tuesday, January 16, 2018:  Favorable Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) out of the full Senate Judiciary Committee (presently 13 R, 9 D; should be 14 R, 9 D with Senator Richard Cash added).

2) NLT Tuesday, January 30, 2018:  Assignment of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217) to the Special Order slot ( giving bill higher priority for full Senate floor debate ) of the Senate Rules Committee (presently 10 R, 7 D).

3) NLT Tuesday, April 10, 2018:  “Crossover” deadline to get bills from one Chamber to the other.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC Senate (28 R, 18 D).

4) NLT Thursday, May 10, 2018:  Last day of regular 2018 Legislative Session.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217 / H.3530) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC House (77 R, 44 D, 3 vacancies).
[Rep. Greg Delleney, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly promised passage in the House.]

5) Prompt Signing of Bill into SC Code of Laws:  SC Governor Henry McMaster
“Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law.”
– South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Letter to Dr. Matthew Clark, Personhood South Carolina, Oct. 2, 2017

       Please go to http://www.scstatehouse.gov/ , click on Senate Committees, then on Judiciary. Calls are needed now from constituents to the 12 Republican Senators listed (beside lead S.217 sponsor Rex Rice), urging them to support and vote for favorable passage of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of this Judiciary Committee
by Tues., Jan. 16, 2018.

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Additional postings provided by Christians for Personhood:

SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER LETTER
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster :
“Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law.”
Letter to Dr. Matthew Clark, Chairman of the Board, Personhood South Carolina
October 2, 2017

‘GOD Has Shown US Great MERCY…What Will We Do with the OPPORTUNITY?
Letter to the Editor / Opinion Editorial
Steve Lefemine, Christian pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
exec. dir. Christians for Personhood
November 12, 2016 / Edited, Revised November 14, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-11-12-GOD-Has-Shown-US-Great-MERCY-Letter-to-the-Editor.pdf

Personhood is Abolition
Personhood is abolition.  Here in South Carolina, we have advocated passage of State personhood legislation continuously for the last 19 years since 1998
[ History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina ( 1998 – 2016 )  ].
The current 2017 legislation in the SC Legislature is called the Personhood Act of South Carolina ( S .217 / H.3530).
– South Carolina Personhood legislation recognizes the Creator God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in SC law.
Steve Lefemine
exec. dir., Christians for Personhood
March 15, 2017 [ Edited July 15, 2017 ]
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-03-15-Personhood-is-Abolition-edited-July-15-2017.pdf

‘For the Murdered Unborn, Incrementalism is Not Justice’
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/04/11/for-the-murdered-unborn-incrementalism-is-not-justice/
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-04-10-Incrementalism-is-Not-Justice-Incrementalism-is-Evil.pdf

Black’s Law Dictionary (2009): Person = “A Human Being”
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2013-12-11%20%20Blacks%20Law%20Dictionary%202009;%20Person%20=%20A%20Human%20Being.docx

LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION
IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012):
 – Herb Titus is an attorney, constitutional scholar, author, the founding Dean of College of Law/Gov’t at Regent University
Mathew Staver is former Dean of the School of Law at Liberty University; and Liberty Counsel founder and chair
– Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is President Emeritus of Foundation for Moral Law
   April 5, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-04-05-Legal-experts-supporting-constitutionality-of-State-level-Personhood-legislation-SC-MISS-ALA-OK-edited-Jan-27-2017.pdf

Newsletter: Personhood Act of SC – S.217 (Dec 29, 2017)

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Christians for Personhood   

P.O. Box 12222, Columbia, S.C.  29211  *  CP@spiritcom.net

God says:  “Thou shalt not kill (murder).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV

 

Dec. 29, 2017

PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Dear Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood Christians,

The Personhood Act of SC (S.217) favorably passed a five-man SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on April 26, 2017 by a vote of 3 Yeas ( Rice, Gambrell, Talley) to 2 Nays ( Bright Matthews, McLeod ).  Although S.217 was listed ninth ( Letter I ) on the Agenda of the full Senate Judiciary Committee on May 2, 2017, as S.217 was coming up for deliberation, Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) effectively unilaterally “carried over” ( with no vote by the committee members ) another bill and S.217, to take up other bills ( view Senator Rankin’s maneuver at: SC Legislature Video Archives – begin at 1:16:45 ).  Then at the very end of the committee meeting, Senator Rankin returned to S.217; however, the meeting had already run overtime, and two Republican Senators supporting S.217 had already left the committee meeting room.  So Senator Rice as S.217 lead sponsor, was forced into the necessarily wise decision to move to “carry over” the bill ( SC Legislature Video Archives – see video at 2:06:50 ), which is how regular 2017 Legislative Session work on bills ended for Senator Luke Rankin’s Judiciary Committee.

So Senator Rankin’s Session-long “slow-walk” of the bill ( including assigning pro-“abortion” Democrat Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D-Colleton) to be Subcommittee chairman ! ) was not successful in completely blocking the bill, but was successful in employing another RINO Senate tactic, of delaying the bill, as he had not even assigned the bill to a Judiciary Subcomm. until March 22, 2017, well over two months after S.217 was introduced by then-Senator Kevin Bryant ( now SC Lt Gov ), on the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session, January 10, 2017.  This is background for the 2018 SC Legislative Session, which begins January 9, 2018, and ends about four months later, May 10, 2018. The sprint to the end of this 2nd year of the two-year 2017-2018 Legislature means timely Senate action is critical !

With this understanding of the critical importance of timing in 2018, here are some broad benchmarks:

1) NLT Tuesday, January 16, 2018:  Favorable Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) out of the full Senate Judiciary Committee ( presently 13 R, 9 D; should be 14 R, 9 D when Senator Richard Cash added ).

2) NLT Tuesday, January 30, 2018:  Assignment of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) to the Special Order slot ( giving bill higher priority for full Senate floor debate ) of the Senate Rules Committee ( presently 10 R, 7 D).

3) NLT Tuesday, April 10, 2018:  “Crossover” deadline to get bills from one Chamber to the other.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC Senate ( 28 R, 18 D ).

4) NLT Thursday, May 10, 2018:  Last day of regular 2018 Legislative Session.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217 / H.3530 ) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC House ( 77 R, 44 D, 3 vacancies ).

[ Rep. Greg Delleney, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly promised passage in the House. ]

5) Prompt Signing of Bill into SC Code of Laws:  SC Governor Henry McMaster

“Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law.”

– South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Letter to Dr. Matthew Clark, Personhood South Carolina, Oct. 2, 2017

Please go to http://www.scstatehouse.gov/, click on Senate Committees, then on Judiciary. We need calls now from constituents to the 12 Republican Senators listed (beside lead S.217 sponsor Rex Rice), urging them to support and vote for favorable passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of this Judiciary Committee by Tues., Jan. 16, 2018.  God’s Requirement for Murder is Justice ( Amos 5:15, KJV ).

 

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine, Christian pro-life missionary

exec. dir., Christians for Personhood

 

[ This newsletter w/ hyperlinks is posted at: http://christianlifeandliberty.net, click on “Personhood Act” page, go to item #139. ]

[2011] US Roman Catholic Bishops and National Right to Life*** do NOT support Personhood legislation

Published by:

Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
November 5, 2017

New York Times:

[ 2011 ]

US Roman Catholic Bishops and National Right to Life*** do NOT support Personhood legislation

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***Note:

Vatican proxy National Right to Life was formed under the auspices of the then-National Conference of (Roman) Catholic Bishops in 1968 – five years BEFORE ( !? ) Roe v. Wade in 1973, and just three years AFTER the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, with Vatican II’s major emphasis on Ecumenism; which is one major reason why Rome’s Hierarchy is PERPETUATING  “abortion” in America; i.e., to PERPETUATE the “Pro-Life Movement” which has been for years such a fruitful platform for Rome to promote its anti-Bible, anti-Christ, ecumenism.  Rome is first and foremost about promoting Rome.  Rome’s goal is to make the formerly majority Protestant United States of America more Roman Catholic( And by the invasion of millions of illegal aliens from Central and South America, Rome is also achieving this strategic hegemonic goal by Romanizing America through Illegal Immigration. )

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The drive for personhood amendments has split the anti-abortion forces nationally. Some groups call it an inspired moral leap, while traditional leaders of the fight, including [ CP: Vatican proxy ] National Right to Life and the Roman Catholic bishops, have refused to promote it, charging that the tactic is reckless and could backfire, leading to a Supreme Court defeat that would undermine progress in carving away at Roe v. Wade.

The Mississippi amendment aims to sidestep existing legal battles, simply stating that “the term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”

[ CP: Pope appointed ] Bishop Joseph Latino of Jackson, Miss., said in a statement last week that the Roman Catholic Church does not support Proposition 26 because “the push for a state amendment could ultimately harm our efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade.”

 

New York Times
Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/us/politics/personhood-amendments-would-ban-nearly-all-abortions.html?_r=2
Published: October 25, 2011

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New York Times

Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/us/politics/personhood-amendments-would-ban-nearly-all-abortions.html?_r=2
Published: October 25, 2011

[ Edited, emphasis added, portions omitted ]

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A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder.

With this far-reaching anti-abortion strategy, the proponents of what they call personhood amendments hope to reshape the national debate.

“I view it as transformative,” said Brad Prewitt, a lawyer and executive director of the Yes on 26 campaign, which is named for the Mississippi proposition. “Personhood is bigger than just shutting abortion clinics; it’s an opportunity for people to say that we’re made in the image of God.”

Many doctors and women’s health advocates say the proposals would cause a dangerous intrusion of criminal law into medical care, jeopardizing women’s rights and even their lives.

The amendment in Mississippi would ban virtually all abortions, including those resulting from rape or incest. It would bar some birth control methods, including IUDs and “morning-after pills,” which prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. It would also outlaw the destruction of embryos created in laboratories.

The amendment has been endorsed by candidates for governor from both major parties, and it appears likely to pass, said W. Martin Wiseman, director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University. Legal challenges would surely follow, but even if the amendment is ultimately declared unconstitutional, it could disrupt vital care, critics say, and force years of costly court battles.

“This is the most extreme in a field of extreme anti-abortion measures that have been before the states this year,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy group.

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The drive for personhood amendments has split the anti-abortion forces nationally. Some groups call it an inspired moral leap, while traditional leaders of the fight, including [ CP: Vatican proxy ]National Right to Life and the Roman Catholic bishops, have refused to promote it, charging that the tactic is reckless and could backfire, leading to a Supreme Court defeat that would undermine progress in carving away at Roe v. Wade.

The approach, granting legal rights to embryos, is fundamentally different from the abortion restrictions that have been adopted in dozens of states. These try to narrow or hamper access to abortions by, for example, sharply restricting the procedures at as early as 20 weeks, requiring women to view ultrasounds of the fetus, curbing insurance coverage and imposing expensive regulations on clinics.

The Mississippi amendment aims to sidestep existing legal battles, simply stating that “the term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”

A similar measure has been defeated twice, by large margins, in Colorado. But the national campaign, promoted by Personhood USA, a Colorado-based group, found more receptive ground in Mississippi, where anti-abortion sentiment crosses party and racial lines, and where the state already has so many restrictions on abortion that only one clinic performs the procedure.

In 2009, an ardent abortion foe named Les Riley formed a state personhood group and started collecting the signatures needed to reach the ballot. Evangelicals and other longtime abortion opponents have pressed the case, and Proposition 26 has the support of a range of political leaders. Its passage could energize similar drives brewing in Florida, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states.

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Mississippi will also elect a new governor on Nov. 8. The Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, is co-chairman of Yes on 26 and his campaign distributes bumper stickers for the initiative. The Democratic candidate, Johnny DuPree, the mayor of Hattiesburg and the state’s first black major-party candidate for governor in modern times, says he will vote for it though he is worried about its impact on medical care and contraception.

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But many leaders of the anti-abortion movement fear that the strategy will be counterproductive. Federal courts would almost surely declare the amendment unconstitutional, said James Bopp Jr., a prominent conservative lawyer from Terre Haute, Ind., and general counsel of [ CP: Vatican proxy ] National Right to Life, since it contradicts a woman’s current right to an abortion in the early weeks of pregnancy.

“From the standpoint of protecting unborn lives it’s utterly futile,” he said, “and it has the grave risk that if it did get to the Supreme Court, the court would write an even more extreme abortion policy.”

[ CP: Pope appointed ] Bishop Joseph Latino of Jackson, Miss., said in a statement last week that the Roman Catholic Church does not support Proposition 26 because “the push for a state amendment could ultimately harm our efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade.”

Conservative Christian groups including the American Family Association and the Family Research Council are firmly behind the proposal.

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Dr. Eric Webb, an obstetrician in Tupelo, Miss., who has spoken out on behalf of Proposition 26, said that the concerns about wider impacts were overblown and that the critics were “avoiding the central moral question.”

“With the union of the egg and sperm, that is life, and genetically human,” Dr. Webb said.

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Correction: October 27, 2011
An article on Wednesday about a proposed constitutional amendment in Mississippi that would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person misstated the surname of the president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy group. She is Nancy Northup, not Northrup.

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A version of this article appears in print on October 26, 2011, on Page A16 of the New York edition with the headline:
Voters in Mississippi to Weigh Amendment on Conception as the Start of Life. Order Reprints

© 2017 The New York Times Company

SC Governor Henry McMaster Signs Personhood Pledge !

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Personhood SC has secured the commitment of SC Governor to sign the Personhood Act of SC ( S.719 / H .3530 ) into South Carolina Law !

Presently S.719 is in the SC Senate Judiciary Committee after passing a SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably April 26, 2017

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SC Governor Henry McMaster’s letter of commitment to sign Personhood Act of SC ( H.3530/S.719) into SC Law:

SC Governor Henry McMaster (R):

“Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law.

 

 

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E-mail below from Personhood South Carolina:

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From: Personhood South Carolina <mkclark8@gmail.com>
Date: October 10, 2017 at 9:35:55 AM EDT
Subject: McMaster Signs Personhood Pledge!

PERSONHOOD SC

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Governor McMaster Signs Personhood Pledge…

We heard from another candidate in the upcoming race for SC Governor! Current SC Governor Henry McMaster affirmed our questions and has pledged his support of S.217/H.3530 and personhood legislation. Thank you, Gov. McMaster!

The Governor also sent us a wonderful letter, a portion of which we share with you:

“I believe human life begins at conception. Life should be protected and defended from conception to death. As governor I will vigorously defend the rights of the unborn…. Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act and look forward to signing it into law.”

We are thankful for Gov. McMaster’s solid commitment to personhood legislation!

Two Republican candidates have yet to respond to our pledge: McGill and Templeton. As soon as we hear anything, we will let you know. Please share this email and let others know what is going on with the Republican candidates for SC Governor.

Sincerely in Christ,

Personhood SC Board

www.personhood.sc

 

 

 

 

 

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Personhood South Carolina
PO Box 1414
Gaffney, SC 29342

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Christians for Personhood Note / Update:

Personhood SC has since confirmed the positions on the Personhood Act of two more Republican candidates for SC Governor:  Yancey McGill supports the Personhood Act, however Catherine Templeton supports “exceptions” to a ban on murdering unborn children, and therefore does not support the Personhood Act.

In Summary, three of the four Republican candidates for SC Governor support the Personhood Act:

– Governor Henry McMaster
– Lt Governor Kevin Bryant
– Former SC Senator Yancey McGill

Only Catherine Templeton does not support protecting all human beings in the womb.

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See also:

SC Gov. McMaster pledges to sign bill that could ban abortion

http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article179327106.html