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(The Times Examiner) ‘Personhood Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee By 12Y – 9N’

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

The Times Examiner ( Greenville, SC ), Feb. 28, 2018:

INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF THE PALMETTO STATE

‘Personhood Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee By 12Y – 9N’

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

‘Personhood Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee By 12Y – 9N’
February 28, 2018
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2018-03-12-Personhood-Act-Passes-Senate-Judiciary-Comm-By-12Y-9N-The-Times-Examiner-Feb-28-2018.pdf
 

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Excerpts:

“Now a Special Order status for S.217 is needed so that it will actually be debated on the floor of the Senate.”

“Please contact the Republican Senators in the SC Senate (http://www.scstatehouse.gov) and urge them to advocate among their Republican Senate colleagues for Special Order status for S.217.”

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Additional postings provided by Christians for Personhood:

By definition, there are no “exceptions” to Human ( Natural ) Personhood:

Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/30/personhood-report-in-law-no-exceptions-to-human-personhood/

Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/29/personhood-report-no-exceptions-to-personhood/

If there are  any “EXCEPTIONS” to Personhood, then we no longer have Personhood, nor a Personhood Bill.

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

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”

“person. … 1. A human being. – Also termed natural person.
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2013-12-09-Blacks-Law-Dictionary-Person-3.pdf
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

Glory to God ! – SC PERSONHOOD ACT (S.217) passes full Senate Judiciary Committee favorably by 12Y – 9N vote – February 20, 2018

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
February 25, 2018



Glory to God !
SC PERSONHOOD ACT ( S .217) passes full Senate Judiciary Committee favorably by 12Y – 9N vote – February 20, 2018
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S.217 SC Personhood Bill PRAISE REPORTGLORY TO GOD !  S.217 favorably passed by SC Senate Judiciary Committee as Amended ( without “exceptions” ) on Tuesday, February 20. The vote was 12 Y – 9 N, and one abstention, and one absence without proxy ( total of 23 members on Senate Judiciary Committee – 14 R, 9 D ). The LORD did a marvelous work today, responding to the prayers of His people, and using His servant Senator Richard Cash, who was the chief spokesman for the bill in a tremendous way, as Senator Cash responded to the points of attack on the Personhood Bill by several Democrats and one “Republican”.  S.217 SC Personhood Bill primary sponsor Senator Rex Rice also stepped up and made important parliamentary moves at the end of the meeting when the actual voting took place.

Let’s give thanks to the LORD for what HE has done, as HE worked through even the confusion, and repeated votes, and repeated vote counts at the end of the meeting, to bring this favorable result, and place the bill, as amended with a principled amendment, on the Senate calendar.

Now we need to pursue Special Order status for S.217 so that it will actually be debated on the floor of the Senate. Please now contact the Republican Senators in the SC Senate ( http://www.scstatehouse.gov ) and urge them to advocate among their Republican Senate colleagues for Special Order status for S.217.

Praise God for what HE did this day, February 20, 2018 !

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Eleven Republican Senators raised their hands on this Third of three repeated votes in favor of Motion for a Favorable Report [ as Amended ] of S.217 Personhood Act of SC out of SC Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 1:12 pm [ 1:52:55 video time ].
L to R, beginning with back row:
Senators Young, Shealy, Rankin
(raised hand obscured in photo above, visible on video ***), Massey, Turner [ back row ]
Senators Cash, Gambrell, Climer, Goldfinch, Rice, Talley [ front row ]
[ Plus, Senator Cash announced he had proxy vote for Senator Timmons ]

TOTAL: 12 Yes votes, for Favorable Passage [ as  Amended ]

*** Note: On the first two votes conducted on the Motion for a Favorable Report, Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin vote AGAINST Favorable Passage [ First vote of three votes: 1:51:00 video time; Second vote of three votes: 1:51:55 video time ].  Therefore, it appears by exercising his authority and power as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Rankin was able to conduct multiple re-votes on the same Motion, and changed his vote after he learned Senator Senn was abstaining ( which meant there would not be sufficient votes to defeat the measure ).  So on the Third vote of the three votes [ 1:52:55 video time ], Senator Rankin changed the way he had just voted twice, and voted for Favorable Passage.  This is all visible on the video of this series of three re-votes on the Motion for Favorable Passage, beginning at 1:50:25 video time.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018  11:00 am
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Gressette Senate Office Building, Room 105
SC State House complex
Video – 1:54:05

[ Note: Meeting began late (11:19 am) and took up a different bill first; Committee deliberation on SC Personhood Bill S.217 began 11:43 am (24:00 video time), and continued until 1:13 pm (1:54:00 video time)  [ 1 1/2 hrs spent on S.217 ]

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Nine Democrat Senators raised their hands on this Third of three repeated votes opposed to Motion for a Favorable Report [ as Amended ] of S.217 Personhood Act of SC out of SC Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 1:13 pm [ 1:53:10 video time ].
L to R, beginning with back row:
Senators Sabb, Johnson, Hutto
(raised hand at right angle to camera view, more visible on video), Malloy, McElveen, Kimpson, Bright Matthews [ back row ]
Senators McLeod, Fanning [ front row ]

TOTAL: 9 No votes, against Favorable Passage [ as  Amended ]

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– The SC Personhood Act ( S .217) passed favorably, as Amen ded, by a vote of 12 Yes to 9 No, out of the full SC Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday, February 20, shortly after 1 pm.

12 Yes [ all Republicans ]
Cash, Climer, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Massey, Rankin**** , Rice, Shealy, Talley, Timmons, Turner, Young

9 No [ all Democrats ]
Fanning, Hutto, Johnson, Kimpson, Malloy, Bright Matthews, McElveen, McLeod, Sabb

… plus one abstention ( Senn (R)**** ), and plus one absent without proxy ( Campsen (R)**** ).
[ Total of 23 Senators on Senate Judiciary Committee ( 14 R, 9 D ).

Prior to the three separate ( repeated ) votes on the Motion for Favorable Passage of S.217, as Amended, there were three other matters voted upon earlier **** [ Begin 1:42:30 video time ]:

1) On the friendly AmendmentAdopted 12 – 10 [ Senn joining 11 Republicans, Rankin joining 9 Democrats ]

2) On (Rice) Motion to Table the (Senn) Motion to Recommit ( Bury / Kill ) the Bill to Subcommittee: Failed on 11 to 11 tie vote [ Rankin and Senn joining 9 Democrats ]

3) On (Senn) Motion to Recommit ( Bury / Kill ) the Bill to Subcommittee: Failed on 11 to 11 tie vote [ Rankin and Senn joining 9 Democrats ]


**** Chairman Rankin first voted against the friendly Amendment proposed by supporters of S.217; then he voted against the Motion to Table the Motion to Recommit; and then he voted for the Motion to Recommit.  So in other words, Rankin voted with the nine pro-“abortion” Democrats against the friendly Amendment offered by five Republican Senators ( including the primary sponsor of S.217, Rex Rice, and the chief spokesman, Richard Cash ) supporting the Personhood Act; and then Rankin voted twice with the nine pro-“abortion” Democrats and with one of Charleston’s “Republican” S.217 Personhood opponents Sandy Senn, to send ( bury / kill ) S.217 back into the Subcommitte.

The (Rice) Motion to Table the (Senn) Motion to Recommit had failed 11-11, and the Motion to Recommit had failed 11-11, and so things did not look good for the final Motion on Favorable Passage to succeed.  Pro-“abortion” Senator Malloy (D) then made a Motion for Favorable Passage [ 1:50:08 video time ] so the vote would be taken at that time.  If that Motion failed 11-11 also, that meant the S.217 Personhood bill would fail to be passed favorably out of Committee.

However, on the voting on the Motion for Favorable Passage of S.217, as amended, Charleston “Republican”, S.217 Personhood opponent, Sandy Senn, was abstaining.  This vote on the Motion for Favorable Passage of S.217, as amended, was taken by Chairman Rankin THREE SEPARATE TIMESOn the first two votes conducted on the Motion for a Favorable Report, Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin vote AGAINST Favorable Passage.
[ First vote of three votes: 1:51:00 video time; Second vote of three votes: 1:51:55 video time ].  On the Third vote of the three votes [
1:52:55 video time ], Senator Rankin changed the way he had just voted twice, and voted for Favorable Passage.  This is all visible on the video of this series of three re-votes on the Motion for Favorable passage, beginning at 1:50:25 video time.

[ Begin video 1:52:00 ]

Senator Luke Rankin ( after the first two of three votes on the Motion for Favorable Passage, As Amended ):
“Did anybody abstain from voting on the last vote?”

Senator Sandy Senn:
“I did.  Mr Chairman, I did because if we’re moving the entire bill forward, I cannot go with it as is, because it’s, in my view, unconstitutional. So without my further amendments, and other amendments, I’m gonna have to abstain … I don’t wanna vote, I don’t wanna vote against a pro-life measure, and I’ve already said that, but as is, this one, is totally, in my view, unconstitutional.  So, rather than vote against a pro-life measure, I will abstain.”

Senator Luke Rankin
“Allright … appreciate that Senator.  We gonna do this vote again [ Note: Third time ].  All those in favor of the Motion for a Favorable report, let’s see a show of hands … [ continued ]

       Therefore, it appears by exercising his authority and power as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Rankin was able to conduct multiple re-votes on the same Motion, and changed his vote after he learned Senator Senn was abstaining ( which meant there would not be sufficient votes to defeat the Motion for Favorable Passage, as Amended ).

With Charleston “Republican” Sandy Senn abstaining, and with the other Charleston “Republican” S.217 Personhood opponent, Chip Campsen, absent without proxy, even if Rankin continued to vote against Favorable Passage, his negative vote would not have been able to stop the bill from being reported favorably out of the Judiciary Committee.  So instead, the slippery, serpentine Luke Rankin now, on the Third vote of three repeated votes in favor of Motion for a Favorable Report [ as Amended ] changed his negative vote in opposition which he had just cast twice in the last couple of minutes or so,
       and now voted in favor of the Motion for Favorable Passage of S.217, as amended with the other 11 Republicans voting in favor of S.217 Personhood, resulting in an official final vote on Favorable Passage of 12 Yes to 9 No ( instead of 11 Yes to 10 No, if Rankin had again voted against S.217, as he had done on all his previous votes ! ).

It should be noted also, in Judiciary Committee Chairman Rankin’s announcement of the result of that THIRD vote taken on the Motion for Favorable Passage of S.217 as amended, he said, “11 to 9, the Bill is reported out favorably, as amended” [ SC Legislature archive video, video time 1:53:30, Tuesday, February 20, 2018  11:00 am, Senate Judiciary Committee — Full Judiciary ], that 11 to 9 count does not take into account his own vote[ Only takes into account the 11 Republican S.217 Personhood Bill supporters, and the 9 Democrat S.217 Personhood Bill opponents, and Senn’s abstention, and Campsen’s absence without proxy ].  So Chairman Rankin announced a vote of 11 – 9 in the Committee, however the official Senate Judiciary Committee Minutes read “the bill was reported out favorable with amendment 12 – 9“, which 12 – 9 vote result is correct.

[ Conway, Myrtle Beach, Horry County voters, please remember this in June 2020, in the next Republican SC Senate Primary !!! ]

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Summary analysis of four votes taken [ the last vote was actually taken three different times ! ]:

Basically, there was a block of 11 Republican supporters who always voted favorably for the bill; and there was another block of 9 Democrat opponents who always voted in opposition to the bill.

Then there was Senator Sandy Senn ( R – Charleston ), who voted “for” the friendly Amendment; but then voted twice in favor of Recommitting ( burying / killing ) the Bill to Subcommittee; and then, on the last vote for Favorable Passage, she chose to Abstain, rather than vote against a pro-life bill.

Finally, there was the crafty, serpentine Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Luke Rankin ( RINO – Horry ), who voted “against” the friendly Amendment with the 9 Democrat pro-“abortion” Senators; and then, like Sandy Senn, voted twice ( again with the 9 Democrat pro-“abortion” Senators ), in favor of Recommitting ( burying / killing ) the Bill to Subcommittee.

Then, using his power as Chairman to conduct
THREE SEPARATE VOTES on the final Motion for Favorable Passage of the bill, as Amended, Chairman Rankin actually voted AGAINST the bill on the first two of these three repeated votes on the same Motion for Favorable Passage, as Amended. THEN, after learning Senn was abstaining, Senator Rankin CHANGED HIS VOTE and voted for
Favorable Passage, as Amended.  In Committee, Senator Rankin erroneously announced the vote was 11 – 9, not accounting for his own vote.  However, in the official  Minutes of the Committee Meeting, the official final vote was recorded as 12 – 9, and indicating Rankin voted Yes for the bill’s passage.

It appears after Senator Sandy Senn abstained, and the votes were not there anyway to prevent the Motion for Favorable Passage, as Amended, from succeeding, Senator Rankin chose not to be the only “Republican” [ sic ] on the Judiciary Committee to vote against the SC Personhood Act S .217 in a failed effort to prevent Favorable Passage.

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Attendees in SC Senate Gressette Building Committee Room 105 prior to start of February 20, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting with Personhood Act of SC ( S .217) on the Agenda

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Attendees in SC Senate Gressette Building Committee Room 105 prior to (late) start of February 20, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting with Personhood Act of SC ( S .217) on the Agenda   ( scheduled to begin 11 am )

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After Adjournment of Senate Judiciary Committee:

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SC Senate Gressette Bldg Rm 105, following Favorable Passage of S217 Personhood Bill, as Amended, out of Senate Judiciary Committee
Charles Butler, Senator Richard Cash, Eva Edl, Kathy Gardner, Johnny Gardner
Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018
Praise the LORD !

[ Note: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin (RINO – Horry) with his hand on his head in background on left – this photo was taken at 1:14pm, just one minute after adjournment of the meeting at 1:13 pm. ]

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SC Senate Gressette Bldg Rm 105, following Favorable Passage of S217 Personhood Bill, as Amended, out of Senate Judiciary Committee
Johnny Gardner, Steve Lefemine, Senator Richard Cash, Charles Butler
Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018
Praise the LORD !

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SC Senate Gressette Bldg Rm 105, following Favorable Passage of S217 Personhood Bill, as Amended, out of Senate Judiciary Committee
Johnny Gardner, Kathy Gardner, Senator Richard Cash, Charles Butler
Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018
Praise the LORD !

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– The SC Personhood Bill ( S .217) was reported out to the full SC Senate the next day,
Wednesday, February 21:

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE

Senator RANKIN from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 217 ( Word version) — Senators Bryant, Rice, Cromer, Martin, Corbin, Verdin, Turner, Young, Timmons, Davis, Talley, Shealy, Grooms, Peeler, Goldfinch, Climer, Gambrell, Williams, Gregory, Cash and Hembree: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT GENERALLY, BY ADDING ARTICLE 5, TO ENACT THE PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, TO ESTABLISH THAT THE RIGHT TO LIFE FOR EACH BORN AND PREBORN HUMAN BEING VESTS AT FERTILIZATION AND THAT THE RIGHTS OF DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION, GUARANTEED BY ARTICLE I, SECTION 3 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, VEST AT FERTILIZATION FOR EACH BORN AND PREBORN HUMAN BEING.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

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– The SC Personhood Bill ( S .217) appeared on the calendar of the full SC Senate,
Thursday, February 22:

CALENDAR OF THE SENATE
OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
REGULAR SESSION BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

SECOND READING
CONSENT CALENDAR

**Indicates Subject to Rule 39

**S. 217 ( Word version)–Senators Bryant, Rice, Cromer, Martin, Corbin, Verdin, Turner, Young, Timmons, Davis, Talley, Shealy, Grooms, Peeler, Goldfinch, Climer, Gambrell, Williams, Gregory, Cash and Hembree:
A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT GENERALLY, BY ADDING ARTICLE 5, TO ENACT THE PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, TO ESTABLISH THAT THE RIGHT TO LIFE FOR EACH BORN AND PREBORN HUMAN BEING VESTS AT FERTILIZATION AND THAT THE RIGHTS OF DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION, GUARANTEED BY ARTICLE I, SECTION 3
OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, VEST AT FERTILIZATION FOR EACH BORN AND PREBORN HUMAN BEING.
(Read the first time–January 10, 2017)
(Reported by Committee on Judiciary–February 21, 2018)
(Favorable with amendments)

SC Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin (RINO-Horry) continues his 2017-2018 obstruction of SC Personhood Bill S .217

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
February 12, 2018

(Audio / Video)

SC Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin (RINO-Horry) continues his 2017-2018 obstruction of SC Personhood Bill S .217:

1) Truncated Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Feb 6; did not reach S .217 on Agenda
2)
Cancelled Senate standing Judiciary Committee meeting Feb 13

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In the six Tuesdays since the 2018 Session of the SC Legislature convened on January 9, as of tomorrow February 13, Chairman Luke Rankin will have called Senate Judiciary Committee meetings on only two ( Jan 30 and Feb 6 ) of these six dates, and S .217, the SC Personhood Bill, will have been discussed in only one – Jan 30.

So instead of passing the bill out of the Senate Judiciary Committee when it first appeared on the Agenda on May 2, 2017, Senator Rankin has now successfully delayed passage out of his Judiciary Committee until at least February 20, 2018 – using the committee process to kill the bill while minimizing his legislative record “fingerprints” on its death.

Read more details of Senator Luke Rankin‘s delaying tactics, “slow-walking” S .217 last year through the entire 2017 Legislative Session here and here and here.

Before the beginning of the 2018 Session, stated goals were to have S .217 favorably passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee by January 16; assigned Special Order status under Senate Rules Committee by January 30; passed with no “exceptions” amendments by full SC Senate by April 10, and passed with no “exceptions” amendments by full SC House by the last day of the regular 2018 Session, May 10.  However, we are now about one month behind this timetable.

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More SC Personhood Bill S217 News:

1) Brave, bold, Recall Motion by Senator Shane Martin (R-Spartanburg), Christian, Baptist Deacon, SC Personhood Bill S .217 co-sponsor, on Tuesday, Feb 6 in full Senate chamber, to pull S .217 directly out of the Republican-majority [ 14 R, 9 D ] Senate Judiciary Committee, and onto the Senate calendar.  The Recall Vote failed: 10 Ayes [ 10 R, 0  D ] – 34 Nays [ 16 R, 18 D ].

2) Amendment to SC Personhood Bill S .217 proposed by five Senators co-sponsoring S .217 intended to “clarify” certain “cases” ( life of the mother, contraceptives, in vitro ) broadcast publicly by e-mail on Feb 8 by Personhood South Carolina, described as a “GOOD CLARIFYING AMENDMENT TO BE SUPPORTED”, is actually flawed and if attached to S .217 as written would undermine Personhood principle in the bill.
[ Christians for Personhood’s initial recommendation ( Feb 2 ) for Amendment language was sent to these same Senators ahead of the Feb 6 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting; revised recommended Amendment language ( Feb 8 ) was sent to these same Senators ahead of the anticipated (now cancelled) Feb 13 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. ]  Christians are asked to please pray only principled Personhood amendment language will actually be offered at the next meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee ( February 20th ? ) by Senators co-sponsoring SC Personhood Bill S .217.

Note: By definition, there are no “exceptions” to Human ( Natural ) Personhood:

Black’s Law Dictionary (2009): Person = “A Human Being”

“person. … 1. A human being. – Also termed natural person.
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2013-12-09-Blacks-Law-Dictionary-Person-3.pdf


Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/30/personhood-report-in-law-no-exceptions-to-human-personhood/

Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/29/personhood-report-no-exceptions-to-personhood/

If there are  any “EXCEPTIONS” to Personhood, then we no longer have Personhood, nor a Personhood Bill.

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Further reporting on February 6 Judiciary Committee meeting:

Truncated Judiciary Committee meeting February 6; did not reach S .217 on Agenda:

– Instead of the normal two-hour meeting, 11am – 1 pm, at the very beginning of calling the meeting to order ( late ), Chairman Luke Rankin announced an early adjournment at 12 noon to accommodate the Senate Democrat Caucus being able to listen to a speaker on taxes, at the request of Senate Minority ( Democrat ) Leader Senator Nikki Setzler ( D-Lexington ).  This may be heard on audio and seen on video below.  The meeting lasted less than one hour.  While most had likely expected the meeting to last the normal length ( two hours ), some knew of the shortened meeting in advance.

Audio – Beginning of February 6 Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting: Chairman, Senator Luke Rankin
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/DS_21285 (2).WMA   [ Must copy and paste web address into browser ]
[ Audio – 0:57 ]

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018  11:00 am
Senate Judiciary Committee — Judiciary Committee
 
Agenda

Gressette Senate Office Building, Room 105
Video – 55:55

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– In addition, instead of being first, as S .217 was on the January 30 Judiciary Committee Meeting Agenda, on the February 6 Judiciary Committee Agenda, set under the authority of Chairman Luke Rankin, S .217 was listed for consideration after three Workers’ Compensation Commission appointments, and after two bills related to the failed VC Summer nuclear plant project.  The consequence of this lower priority for S .217 on the Agenda in combination with the truncated meeting and early adjournment, was S .217 was never
taken up at all on February 6th.

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Further reporting on February 6 Recall attempt to pull S.217 out of Judiciary Committee and place the bill on the Senate calendar:

– Brave, bold, Recall Motion by Senator Shane Martin (R-Spartanburg), Christian, Baptist Deacon, SC Personhood Bill S .217 co-sponsor, on Tuesday, Feb 6 in full Senate chamber, to pull S .217 directly out of the Republican-majority [ 14 R, 9 D ] Senate Judiciary Committee, and onto the Senate calendar.  The Recall Vote failed: 10 Ayes [ 10 R, 0  D ] – 34 Nays [ 16 R, 18 D ].

– In the afternoon, Tuesday, February 6, in the full SC Senate chamber, experienced (3rd term in office), Christian, pro-Personhood Senator Shane Martin made a bold, surprise motion during the daily Motion Period to RECALL S .217 Personhood Bill directly out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the full Senate calendar.  Unfortunately, only 10 Senators supported this courageous act to bypass the obstruction of Senator Luke Rankin and others.

The 10 Senators (all Republicans) who voted Feb 6 FOR the Recall ( Ayes ) of S217 are:
Alexander, Cash, Corbin, Cromer, Davis, Gambrell, Martin, Peeler, Rice, and Timmons.

The 34 who voted AGAINST the Recall ( Nays ) were 16 Republicans and 18 Democrats:

16 Republicans
Bennett, Campbell, Campsen, Climer, Goldfinch, Gregory, Grooms, Hembree, Leatherman, Massey, Rankin, Senn, Shealy, Talley, Turner, Young

18 Democrats
Allen, Fanning, Hutto, Jackson, Johnson, Kimpson, Malloy, Matthews (John), Matthews (Margie), McElveen, McLeod, Nicholson, Reese, Sabb, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen, Williams

This Roll Call vote is recorded in the February 6, 2018 Senate Journal here.  [ Senator Verdin had leave. ]

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The Official Archived Video of the SC Senate for February 6, 2018 can be viewed here:

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018  2:00 pm
Senate — Senate
 
SC State House – Senate Chamber
Video – 1:39:50

Begin viewing 1:14:45 – Lt Gov Bryant: “We are now in the Motion Period. Senator from Spartanburg, for what purpose do you rise?”

Senator Shane Martin: “Rise to make a Motion.

Lt Gov Bryant: “Please state your Motion.”

Senator Shane Martin: “My Motion is to pull Senate Bill 217, the Personhood Bill, out of the Committee on Judiciary, and place it on the calendar.”

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continued… [ Includes a Roll Call vote on a Motion to Adjourn, which failed 19 Ayes – 21 Nays ]

Begin viewing 1:20:15 – Senator Luke Rankin [ To speak in opposition to Senator Martin’s Recall Motion ]

[ Excerpts: Senator Rankin comments 1:20:15 – 1:24:20 ]

– “… I’m not here to speak for or against the merits of this bill, but what I am here to speak on, are the merits, or perhaps if you don’t like what has developed thus far, the demerits, of the effort to consider this bill.”

“The effort thus far, has been to have a Subcommittee, which met a number of times,…”
[ Correction: The Subcommittee actually met TWO TIMES:  March 30, 2017 and April 26, 2017. ]

“The Subcommittee reported its bill in the first full Committee meeting which we had last Tuesday [ Jan 30 ] …”
[ Correction: The S.217 Subcommittee report was first on the Agenda of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on May 2, 2017, during the week before the end of the regular 2017 Session on May 11, 2017. ]

OVER NINE MONTHS EARLIER. ]

[ Re: Jan 30 Jud Comm meeting ] “We had an hour and I think 30 minutes of discussion on this bill, and if you didn’t like what happened at the end of that hour and 30 minutes of discussion on that bill, which was to carry over further consideration of that bill, by a vote of 19 to 4, then you don’t like the committee process, perhaps, and you want to bypass that, and you want to come straight to the floor.”
[ Correction: The official minutes of the Senate Judiciary Committee record the carry over vote was 18 to 5. ]

“I’m not here for or against.the merits of the bill.  I am against an effort, to effectively, to hijack the committee process. If we can’t wait ONE WEEK to have a bill considered in the Committee, which is vested with the jurisdiction to consider that bill, then you may as well check out of the Committee process.  Let’s bypass the Committee, and let’s just bring it all to the floor.”
[ Comment: The Judiciary Committee last considered S.217 on January 30, and now it looks like it will not be considered again, at the earliest, until February 20, THREE WEEKS later ! ]

“I submit to ya, that’s what this [ Recall ] effort is, bypassing the committee process.”
[ Comment: This bill S .217 was filed January 10, 2017.  Senator Rankin took well over two months until March 22, 2017 to even assign the bill to a Subcommittee, and he appointed a pro-“abortion” Subcommittee Chairwoman, who then took almost the rest of the 2017 Session to conduct TWO Subcommittee hearings, March 30 and April 26, 2017. ]

“A vote to carry this over today, rather to set this and recall it, is a slap to this Senate, and a slap to the committee process .”

[ Senator Rankin END – 1:24:20 ]

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continued…

Begin viewing 1:25:00 – Senator Shane Martin [ To speak in favor of his Recall Motion ]

[ Excerpts: Senator Martin comments 1:25:00 – 1:29:00 ]

“… I saw an opportunity today to be recognized in the Motion Period, which I may never get again, but I took the opportunity, I didn’t have a chance to talk to anybody about it.”

“So I rise today, I didn’t know this was gonna happen, but I’ve been here in this Senate long enough, and one of my issues is protecting life and protecting unborn children.  That’s what this bill does.  Senator Cash, I believe, Senator from Anderson, is here mainly for that issue, … a lot of people are.  I’ve watched the committee process, I respect the committee process, but I also watch filibusters by committee happen all the time.  This issue of personhood has been around ever since I’ve been in the Senate. … We can’t continue to wait, and go through more filibusters by committee.”  [ emphasis added ]

“So that’s why I rise today. I want to get this out of committee where it’s languished for years and years.  I know we’re just in 2018, and we had one meeting, and I appreciate that, but I feel the next meeting is gonna be more of the same, so until we take the time to debate this issue, that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing.  I apologize for not giving you notice, because I couldn’t give you notice.  If I gave you notice, I wouldn’t have gotten recognized in the Motion Period.”

“So that’s why I rise today. I just ask, continue my Motion, Mr. President, and ask for a roll call vote.”

[ Senator Martin END – 1:29:10 ]

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Begin viewing 1:25:00 – Senator Margie Bright Matthews [ To speak in opposition to Senator Martin’s Recall Motion ]

[ Excerpts: Senator Bright Matthews comments 1:29:10 – 1:31:25 ]

“… I was the Subcommittee Chair for this committee.  Last year we had several, extensive, two hour plus meetings where we heard citizens and persons for and against S.217.
[ Correction: The Subcommittee actually met TWO TIMES: March 30, 2017 ( almost 1 1/2 hours of testimony ) and April 26, 2017 ( approx. 1 3/4 hours of testimony ).  NEITHER Subcommittee hearing took over two hours of testimony.  During the Subcommittee meeting on April 26, 2017, Senator Bright Matthews (attorney) abused her power as Chair and skipped over at least two Pro-Personhood speakers on the sign-up list, including a Christian woman with 34 years experience as Director of the Care Pregnancy Center, who was prepared to speak on her experience dealing with clients regarding the DAMAGE DONE TO WOMEN BY “ABORTION”. So this Pro-Personhood testimony was blocked from being heard in the April 26, 2017 Subcommittee Hearing by Senator Rankin’s pro-“abortion” chairwoman. ]

“I think what we’re doing here is a disrespect to our own deliberative process. We’ve only had this in our Committee once. It was at the top of the agenda this morning [ Feb 6 ] behind the Workers’ Compensation folks that we had to approve.
[ Correction: The S.217 Subcommittee report was first on the Agenda of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on May 2, 2017, during the week before the end of the regular 2017 Session on May 11, 2017. ]
OVER NINE MONTHS EARLIER. ]

“… Let me explain to you, … it came out in the first committee meeting that there’s a lot of confusion about what a fertilized egg is, versus an embryo, and a .. fetus.  This bill specifically says, and it was brought out in subcommittee and committee, that this bill, if you look at science, is fraught with a lot of problems.  It says that a fertilized egg should be given the rights of a person.  Don’t you realize that a fertilized egg happens when a man and a woman come together, and only a small percentage of those enter the uterus? They have to enter the uterus before they can even become an embryo and then a fetus.  It became apparent to me, and my Subcommittee meetings, that a lot of people didn’t understand the science of what this bill says.  It’s fraught with a lot of problems.  I ask you to allow the process to work and send this, make this stay in committee until we work out the problems.”
[ Note: The SC Personhood Act ( S .217) passed favorably out of the S217 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Wednesday, April 26, shortly before 11am, by a vote of 3 Yeas ( Rice , Gambrell, Talley) to 2 Nays (Bright Matthews, McLeod). ]

Glory to God !
– SC PERSONHOOD ACT ( S.217) passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 3Y-2N vote – April 26, 2017
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/04/28/glory-to-god-sc-personhood-act-s-217-passes-senate-judiciary-subcommittee-favorably-by-3y-2n-vote-april-26-2017/
April 27, 2017 / Revised April 28, 2017 / Revised July 5, 2017

[ Senator Bright Matthews END – 1:31:25 ]

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continued… [ Includes a second Roll Call vote on a Motion to Adjourn, which failed 21 Ayes – 22 Nays ]
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/sj18/20180206.htm#p25

The vote on the Recall Motion then took place, which failed 10 Ayes – 34 Nays
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/sj18/20180206.htm#p25

Having failed to received the necessary votes, the Senate refused to recall S. 217.

Statement by Senator GROOMS

Let me be clear — I support S. 217 and want it to become law. My vote today was against a procedural motion only. The motion, while noble in its intent, was misguided. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the Senate, had today’s sudden attempt to bypass the committee process over the objection of the committee chairman would have ensured one thing only — the certain failure of S. 217. Full, open, and transparent vetting of the people’s business is essential to good government, and is a bedrock principle upon which our state and our very nation were founded. I remain in favor of the Bill, and in our common goal of protecting the life of the most innocent among us.

[The State] Personhood Bill S.217 to outlaw all “abortions” in South Carolina passed favorably by Senate Judiciary Committee, by 12 – 9 vote

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
February 20, 2018

Personhood Bill S .217 to outlaw all “abortions” in South Carolina passed favorably by Senate Judiciary Committee, by 12 – 9 vote
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Excerpt:

After the vote, Gov. McMaster praised the [ Senate Judiciary ] committee’s decision.

“I believe that human life begins at conception, and I believe the people of South Carolina deserve for their laws to reflect the values they hold dear,” the Richland Republican said in a statement.
“I applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to move this important legislation forward and ask that the Senate pass it without delay.”

The State ( Columbia, SC )
Plan to outlaw all abortions in South Carolina gets OK from Senate panel
http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article201090564.html
February 20, 2018

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[ Pro-“Abortion” ] The State ( Columbia, SC )
Plan to outlaw all abortions in South Carolina gets OK from Senate panel
http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article201090564.html
February 20, 2018 01:30 PM
Updated 31 minutes ago

[ CP Note: Emphasis added; comments, additional information in bold red added ]

A Republican proposal that, effectively, would ban all abortions in South Carolina is headed to the full Senate for a vote despite concerns it could criminalize fertility treatment [ FALSES .217 would NOT ban in vitro fertilization; it does affirm right of SC General Assembly to regulate in vitro procedures.  Any practice attendant to in vitro fertilization which kills a preborn human being could be banned by further legislation. ] and some types of birth control [ S .217 does NOT ban contraception.  Any “birth control” which causes chemical “abortions” would have to be proven by the State of South Carolina to function in that way ], and ban abortions performed to save the mother’s life [ FALSE ].

A state Senate committee [ full Judiciary Committee ] OK’d [ favorably passed ] the proposal Tuesday after two hours of debate, voting 12-9 along party lines to extend legal rights to fertilized eggs [ sic – zygotes / embryos / fetuses / all pre-birth human beings ] at the moment of conception [ same as fertilization ].

One Republican on the panel did not vote on the proposal [ Senator Sandy Senn (R-Charleston) ], saying it was unconstitutional [ sic – See LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012) ].  However, advocates see the proposal as a way, possibly, to overturn the 1972 [ sic – 1973 ] Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion [ sic“Abortion” is NOT legal ].

The proposal [ S .217 Personhood Bill of South Carolina], which must pass the full Senate and House, has been praised by abortion opponents and condemned by [ sic – some ] medical and [ sic – some ] women’s rights groups.

The “Personhood Act” [ S .217 ] that GOP senators approved Tuesday was sponsored by Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant – when he still was a state senator – and endorsed by Gov. Henry McMaster.  Both are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in June’s GOP primary, where the abortion issue is a key one to Republican voters.

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The Personhood Act would outlaw … [ all ] … of the nearly 6,000 abortions performed in South Carolina each year.
Just two other states – Kansas and Missouri – have a personhood law. But in both states, that law is expressly subject to the U.S. Constitution [ FALSE – Kansas and Missouri have subjected themselves “to the Constitution of the United States, AND decisional interpretations thereof by the United States Supreme Court …” ( in other words, to Supreme Court OPINIONS about what the written text of the US Constitution says, which according to Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution itself, are NOT what comprise “the supreme Law of the Land”. ]  [ emphasis added ]

Its champion in the Senate, Richard Cash, R-Anderson, says the proposal is intended to spark a court case that could be used to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman’s right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment.
[ CP Note: By DENYING the PERSONHOOD of pre-birth human beings ].

“We are trying to challenge the Supreme Court on their fundamental error that a human being is not a person,” Cash said. “A human being is a person.”

[ CP Note: Black’s Law Dictionary, used by attorneys states:  “person” – “A human being.” ]

Senate Democrats on Tuesday complained the proposal, even after a revision Tuesday, leaves too many questions unanswered.

“I don’t think the authors of this bill and the authors of this amendment have considered the consequences,” said state Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter. “We need to do our job here. Our job is to get out as good of legislation as we can … before we get it on the floor for debate.”

Democrats relayed concerns from fertility specialists who said they don’t want to be charged with murder for disposing of any fertilized eggs that aren’t used during in-vitro fertilization.

Cash replied the bill explicitly does not outlaw in-vitro fertilization. But, the Anderson Republican added, fertilization clinics “should not be allowed to destroy the eggs.”

Opponents also worry the Personhood Act could target doctors who perform abortions in medical emergencies that threaten the mother’s life. An amendment to Cash’s bill states that a doctor cannot be charged for the accidental or unintentional death of an unborn child if that doctor is making “reasonable medical efforts” to save both the mother and child during a medical emergency.

Democrats also weren’t happy that the bill makes no exception for abortion in cases of rape or incest.

Cash didn’t back down after state Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, D-Colleton, offered a hypothetical situation involving a 11-year-old girl.

“If a child is raped, yes, that is a horrible act,” Cash said. “Two wrongs don’t make a right. You cannot erase the rape by killing the child. The child is an innocent person.”

“Have you ever been raped?” state Sen. Mia McLeod, D-Richland, asked, starting a line of questioning that Cash refused to answer. “Have you ever been pregnant?”

Cash said the bill is not intended to outlaw birth control but said the bill doesn’t expressly state that intention because “birth control pills, the way that they are formulated, have and could change over time.”

The bill faces heavy opposition from Senate Democrats, who can use the chamber’s rules to hold it up. An earlier version of the bill died on the Senate floor in 2016.

State Sen. Sandy Senn, R-Charleston, abstained from voting, saying she thinks the bill is unconstitutional but didn’t want to vote against a pro-life proposal.

After the vote, Gov. McMaster praised the [ Senate Judiciary ] committee’s decision.

“I believe that human life begins at conception, and I believe the people of South Carolina deserve for their laws to reflect the values they hold dear,” the Richland Republican said in a statement. “I applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to move this important legislation forward and ask that the Senate pass it without delay.”

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Additional information provide by Christians for Personhood:

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    

“PERSONHOOD” is the key to ENDING child-murder-by-‘abortion’A plain reading of the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and analogous due process and equal protection language in the State Constitutions [ for example, Article I., Section 3. of the South Carolina Constitution ], indicates that legal status and therefore protection of constitutional rights, is granted to ’PERSONS’ in these provisions.  The issue of personhood for the ‘fetus’ as being the preeminently critical issue was specifically addressed by a US Supreme Court Justice during the October 11, 1972 Roe v. Wade Oral Reargument.
[ Go to these internet links to both a transcript and the actual audio of the October 11, 1972 Roe v. Wade Oral Reargument. ]

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THE 1973 ROE V. WADE OPINION REVEALS THAT ESTABLISHING PERSONHOOD FOR THE PREBORN AT FERTILIZATION, WITH NO ‘EXCEPTIONS’ , IS THE KEY TO ENDING CHILD-MURDER BY ‘ABORTION’.
[ However, Roe v. Wade itself is a fraud, denying preborn personhood, and making a ‘strawman’ argument with the 14th Amdt.]

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)  (Opinion published January 22, 1973)  Findlaw.com

“The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well-known facts of fetal development.  If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s [ pro-abortion ] case, of course, collapses, [410 U.S. 113, 157] for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the AmendmentThe appellant [ pro-abortion side ] conceded as much on reargument. … ”
[ emphasis added ]

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THE KEY, CRITICAL, FIRST, CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE IN ROE V. WADE (1973) WAS WHETHER OR NOT THE ‘FETUS’ ( PRE-BIRTH HUMAN BEING ), WOULD BE RECOGNIZED IN LAW AS A LEGAL ‘PERSON’:
[ Note:  American Constitutional Law even recognizes Corporations as legal ‘Persons’, but not preborn Human Beings !!! ]

Excerpt from transcript (edited) of Reargument ( October 11, 1972 ) of Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court:

US Supreme Court Justice:
“And the basic constitutional question, initially, is whether or not an unborn fetus is a person, isn’t it ?” 
[ p. 827 ]

Mr. Robert Flowers (Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas):
“Yes, sir, and entitled to the constitutional protection.” 
[ p. 827 ]

US Supreme Court Justice:  “And that’s critical to this case, is it not?”  [ p. 828 ]

Mr. Robert Flowers (Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas):  “Yes, sir, it is. … (continued).”  [ p. 828 ]

(Video) SC Personhood Bill S.217 “Carried Over” by 18-5 vote in Senate Judiciary Committee Jan. 30, 2018; Next meeting Tues., Feb. 6

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
February 5, 2018

(Video) SC Personhood Bill S .217 “Carried Over” by 18-5 vote in Senate Judiciary Committee Jan. 30, 2018; Next meeting Tues., Feb. 6


Names of all 23 Senate Judiciary Committee members ( 14 R, 9 D ) may be viewed here .

Senators pictured above in January 30 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Gressette Bldg, Room 105, L-R, starting with back row:

Senator Tom Young (R-Aiken)
Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington)
Senator Kevin Johnson (D-Clarendon)
Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg)
Senate Staff person
Senator Luke Rankin, Chairman (R-Horry)
Senate Staff person
Senator Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington)
Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield)
Senator Ross Turner (R-Greenville)
Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston)
Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D-Colleton)

[ Missing from back row: Ronnie Sabb (D-Williamsburg), Senator Chip Campsen (R-Charleston) Note: both these were present for most of the meeting; the only absent Senator was Thomas McElveen (R-Sumter) ]

Senators pictured, L-R, in front row:

Senator Richard Cash (R-Anderson)
Senator Sandy Senn (R-Charleston)
Senator Mia McLeod (D-Richland)
Senator Mike Fanning (D-Chester)
Senator Mike Gambrell (R-Anderson)
Senator Wes Climer (R-York)
Senator Stephen Goldfinch (R-Georgetown)
Senator Rex Rice (R-Pickens)
Senator Scott Talley (R-Greenville)
Senator William Timmons (R-Greenville)

All 46 South Carolina Senators may be viewed here .  [ Note: Senator John Courson under indictment has been suspended ]

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Recent Action Jan 30 and Upcoming Meeting Feb 6:

– On January 30, the SC Personhood Bill S .217 was listed first on the Senate Judiciary Comm. Agenda and was discussed for just over 1 1/2 hours before the 18-5 vote to “Carry Over” the S .217 bill until the next meeting.

– The next Senate Judiciary Committee meeting is Tuesday, February 6, beginning at 11:00 am, and S .217 is again on the Agenda, but this time is not listed at the top.

Senate Meeting Schedule
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/meetings.php?chamber=S

Tuesday, February 6
11:00 am
— Gressette Room 105 — Judiciary Committee
Agenda Available
Live Broadcast
Live Broadcast – Audio Only

The February 6 meeting is again in the Senate Gressette Bldg, Rm 105 (seats approx. 100).
[ The Senate Gressette Bldg is located to immediate rear of the SC State House, on the southwest side. ]

Please come early (recommend 10am or earlier) and help pack the room with praying Christian Pro-Personhood supporters.

It is likely Planned Parenthood supporters will be coming as well, and it is important for the 23 Senate members [ 14 R, 9 D ] of the Judiciary Committee to see a strong Pro-Personhood presence  [ Note: Of the 14 Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, only 10 have signed on as co-sponsors of S.217Rice, Turner, Young, Timmons, Talley, Shealy, Goldfinch, Climer, Gambrell, Cash.  [ Note: There are also 10 other co-sponsors of S.217 as well, who are not on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for a total of 20 ( 19 R, 1 D ) S.217 co-sponsors in the SC Senate, which presently consists of 45 ( 27 R, 18 D ) sitting SC Senators. ]

Republican Senate Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Senator Massey has not signed on as a S.217 co-sponsor, but has stated he will vote for the bill when he has the opportunity.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Rankin has not yet agreed to support S.217.

Senator Senn stated publicly in the January 30 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting:

     “I am a Republican, pro-life, and [ Roman ] Catholic.  I do not want to vote against a bill that encourages pro-life, but this bill is so far out of bounds as far as its constitutionality, I don’t think it can be retrieved,…”

[ View
South Carolina Legislature archive video [ Begin video time 54:40 Senator Senn comments on her opposition to SC Personhood Bill S.217 ]

Senator Campsen has been a long-time opponent of Personhood legislation ( although when SC Personhood legislation was first introduced in February 1998, then-Representative Campsen was actually a co-sponsor !? ).

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Further Reporting on January 30 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting:

– The committee room ( Gressette Room 105, below ) was filled to its approx. 100-seat capacity.
(It was also reported a separate overflow room had approx. 70 in attendance.)

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(Video) Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Jan 30, 2018, SC Personhood Bill S.217:

South Carolina Legislature

Video Archives by meeting time
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/video/archives.php
Select Year:  2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018  11:00 am
Senate Judiciary Committee — Judiciary Committee
 
Agenda

Gressette Senate Office Building, Room 105
Video – 1:50:43

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– Several Senators spoke on the SC Personhood Bill S .217 Jan 30, both supporters and opponents.

 
[ Selected approx. video times listed below facilitate viewing of selected comments of various Senators as identified; however, during some of the time periods listed below, more than only the identified Senator may have spoken. ]

– Selected comments by Supporters of the SC Personhood Bill S .217 included:

1) Senator Richard Cash (R-Anderson) – View video [ Video times: 9:25 – 17:55; and 1:29:30 – 1:31:50 ]

[ Founder and former executive director of Personhood South Carolina ]

2) Senator Rex Rice (R-Pickens) – View video [ Video times: 30:50 – 31:15; and 1:38:10 – 1:39:40 ]

3) Senator Stephen Goldfinch (R-Georgetown) – View video [ Video times: 32:30 – 33:40; and 38:40 – 39:25 ]

4) Senator William Timmons (R-Greenville) – View video [ Video time: 43:30 – 46:25 ]

[ Attorney, former Asst. Solicitor for 13th Circuit – good explanation of use of Personhood Act of SC as a vehicle to challenge Roe v Wade ]

5) Senator Wes Climer (R-York) – View video [ Video times: 1:00:00 – 1:02:00; and 1:13:40 – 1:14:15; and 1:27:30 – 1:28:00 ]

6) Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington) – View video [ Video times: 1:24:50 – 1:27:30; and 1:13:40 – 1:14:15; and 1:28:00 – 1:29:30; and 1:37:30 – 1:37:35 ( Senator Shealy’s Motion to carry S .217 bill over ) ]

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– Selected comments by Opponents of the SC Personhood Bill S .217 included:

1) Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D-Colleton) – View video [ Video times: 2:20 – 8:10; and 33:45 – 38:35; and 1:02:00 – 1:03:00 ]

[ Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin’s (R-Horry) hand-picked pro-child-murder-by-“abortion” chairwoman of the 5-man Subcommittee which passed S .217 out of Subcommittee by a 3Y-2N vote last year, April 26, 2017.  During the Subcommittee meeting on April 26, 2017, Senator Bright Matthews (attorney) abused her power as Chair and skipped over at least two Pro-Personhood speakers on the sign-up list, including a Christian woman with 34 years experience as Director of the Care Pregnancy Center, who was prepared to speak on her experience dealing with clients regarding the DAMAGE DONE TO WOMEN BY “ABORTION”.  So this Pro-Personhood testimony was blocked from being heard in the April 26, 2017 Subcommittee Hearing by Senator Rankin’s pro-“abortion” chairwoman. ]

2) Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) – View video [ Video times: 8:10 – 10:00; and 31:15 – 32:30 and 57:10 – 59:15; and 1:10:00 – 1:11:00; and 1:34:00 – 1:37:30 ( includes Senator Rankin’s “I will take just a second to complain somewhat” comments, and ending with his comments about following the examples of Kansas and Missouri, whose statutes subjected their implementation to Supreme Court decisions ); and 1:37:35 – 1:39:40 ( includes 18-5 vote to carry over; incorrectly reported by Senator Rankin as 19-4 vote ) ]

[ In 2017, Senator Rankin waited over two months to even assign S .217 to a Judiciary Subcommittee, until March 22, 2017, after then-Senator (now SC Lt Gov) Kevin Bryant had introduced S .217 on the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session, January 10, 2017.  Read more details of Senator Luke Rankin’s delaying tactics, “slow-walking” S .217 through the entire 2017 Legislative Session here and here and here.  In 2018, the South Carolina Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 9, however the Senate Judiciary Committee was not called by the Chairman, Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry), to meet on January 9, nor on January 16, nor on January 23 !  The January 30 meeting of Chairman Rankin’s Senate Judiciary Committee was the first meeting in 2018.  Under normal procedures, legislation should be sent from the SC Senate to the SC House by April 10, and the END of the regular 2018 Legislative Session of the SC Legislature is May 10.  Has Senator Rankin already begun successfully “slow-walking” S .217 in the 2018 Legislative Session to consume precious time needed for debate and passage ? ]

3) Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) – View video [ Video times: 18:00 – 23:15; and 1:03:45 – 1:05:55 ]

[ Perhaps the most strident child-murder-by-“abortion” proponent in the SC Senate.  His angry speech directed at a Christian Pro-Personhood Senator was insulting personally and therefore violated the spirit of SC Senate Rule 52, “ Personal Attacks on Senators Not Permitted;…”. Nevertheless, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin took no action to correct this pro-“abortion” Democrat Senator from Orangeburg. Senator Hutto received his J.D. (Law) degree from JESUIT Georgetown University Law Center. ]

4) Senator Kevin Johnson (D-Clarendon) – View video [ Video times: 23:15 – 24:15; and 42:10 – 43:30 ]

5) Senator Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington) – View video [ Video times: 24:15 – 30:50; and 59:15 – 1:00:00; and 1:05:55 – 1:09:00; and 1:11:00 – 1:13:40; and 1:31:50 – 1:34:00; and 1:38:10 – 1:39:40 ]

6) Senator Mia McLeod (D-Richland) – View video [ Video time: 39:25 – 42:10 ]

7) Senator Ronnie Sabb (D-Williamsburg) – View video [ Video time: 46:40 – 54:35 ]

8) Senator Sandy Senn (R-Charleston) – View video [ Video time: 54:40 – 57:10 ]

    “I am a Republican, pro-life [ sic ], and [ Roman ] Catholic.  I do not want to vote against a bill that encourages pro-life, but this bill is so far out of bounds as far as its constitutionality, I don’t think it can be retrieved,…”

9) Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) – View video [ Video time: 1:14:35 – 1:24:50 ]

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Establishment media errors in reporting on January 30, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting:

There was erroneous reporting in The State newspaper.  Note how The State newspaper article erroneously reported the FALSE impression that “Personhood” legislation had been passed by other States and already ruled unconstitutional.

The State ( Columbia, SC )
‘Bill to likely ban all abortions delayed in South Carolina’
Jan 30, 2018
http://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article197391249.html

Excerpt:

“The bill says life begins at conception, *** and at that moment an embryo has all the rights as any other citizen. **** Several senators, including Republicans, said similarly-worded legislation in other states has been found unconstitutional.*****

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*** No the bill does NOT say “life begins at conception” !!!  The word conception is never used in the bill. The bill says the RIGHT to life  (due process, equal protection) is vested at fertilization !!!

**** No, the bill does NOT say an embryo has ALL the rights of another citizen, the bill says (only) the RIGHT to LIFE is vested.  The State article is incorrect about vesture of ALL citizen rights at conception (fertilization). The Personhood bill S .217 as written vests only the right to life at fertilization, not the rights of liberty and property.

***** Missouri (effective 1988) and Kansas ( 2013) passed legislation which would recognize the rights of the unborn to be the same as “other persons”, but subjected their statutes, in the text of the statutes themselves, to the “decisional interpretations … by the United States Supreme Court”, and so child-murder-by-“abortion” continues in Missouri and Kansas to this day.  No State in the U.S.A. has yet passed a real, true Personhood Bill or Amendment.

Further errors or omissions in the article:

1) The 20 co-sponsors of S .217 are not all Republicans, there is one Democrat, so far – Senator Kent Williams.  There should be more, including Senator Darrell Jackson, a pastor, and Senator Glenn Reese, a present or former Baptist deacon.

2) The article fails to mention Gov McMaster, Lt Gov Bryant, and another candidate for SC Gov on 2018, Yancy McGill all spoke at the Personhood Day event Wednesday, January 24 at the SC State House.

3) Lastly, the article does not mention 2018 SC GOP candidate Catherine Templeton does NOT support the Personhood Bill S .217, because she supports “exceptions” to a ban on child-murder, i.e., her un-Biblical, immoral, and unconstitutional position, is to allow the continued murder of certain children in the womb based upon the circumstances of their conception.  By definition therefore, Catherine Templeton is NOT “pro-life”.  Even Webster’s and Black’s Law dictionaries define “Person” as “A human being.”

Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/30/personhood-report-in-law-no-exceptions-to-human-personhood/

Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/29/personhood-report-no-exceptions-to-personhood/