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South Carolina Lawmakers Considering Bill Declaring Unborn as Protected Persons

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By Heather Clark – Posted at Christian News Network:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lawmakers in South Carolina are currently considering a bill that would declare that the unborn have protection as persons.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant recently introduced S. 217, also known as the Personhood Act of South Carolina. It simply recognizes that both the federal and state Constitutions acknowledge God as being the Creator of life and the bestower of liberty.

“The General Assembly acknowledges that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” it reads in part. “The General Assembly acknowledges that personhood is God-given, as all men are created in the image of God.”

“The rights guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this State, that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law nor denied the equal protection of the laws, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being,” the bill continues.

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Personhood Act of South Carolina (S. 217) Judiciary Subcommittee March 30 Hearing News Links

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Proposed SC bill would define ‘person’ at fertilization
http://www.wistv.com/story/35034350/proposed-sc-bill-would-define-person-at-fertilization
Thursday, March 30th 2017

Bryant adds support to anti-abortion bill
http://www.independentmail.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/31/bryant-pushes-anti-abortion-bill/99865026/
Published 10:26 a.m. ET March 31, 2017

Mother Who Miscarried Shares Photo of 11-Week Son as Testament to Personhood of Unborn

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By Heather Clark – Christian News Network

 

Photo Credit: Tiffany Burns/Facebook

Photo Credit: Tiffany Burns/Facebook

 

MIDLOTHIAN, Texas — A mother from Texas who miscarried her unborn son at 11 weeks is sharing a photo of her child as a testament to the personhood and perfection of the unborn.

Tiffany Burns of Midlothian posted the photo of her child to social media on July 29, whom she held in the palm of her hand.

“This is my hand holding my sweet baby, Ezekiel,” she wrote. “I delivered him on January 20, 2016. His heart stopped at 11 weeks 2 days.”

Burns outlined that her child, even just a few weeks old, had physical features that clearly showed his humanity.

“He had a heartbeat. Such a sweet sound. He had life!” she said. “He was not a blob. He was not just a clump of cells. He was formed. Perfect. Look at the details. His sweet fingers. Toes.”

Burns called her son a “sweet little missionary” in that even in his death he can show other mothers the reality of life in the womb.

“I am blessed to be his mother. He lived to show others life!” she wrote. “Please feel free to share his LIFE with others.”

Read more here.

Link: http://christiannews.net/2016/08/03/mother-who-miscarried-shares-photo-of-11-week-son-as-testament-to-personhood-of-unborn/

South Carolinians aim to put personhood for the unborn on the ballot in 2016

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May 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Citizens of South Carolina will get to vote in November 2016 on whether the state should recognize unborn life from conception if a constitutional amendment introduced Wednesday in the state’s Senate gets lawmakers’ approval.

It’s the first time the state has attempted to enact a personhood amendment to the state’s constitution. Personhood bills, however, have been introduced in the legislature every year since 1998, without success.

The amendment, Joint Resolution S. 719, filed by Republican Senator Lee Bright, will need to pass with a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the legislature, for it to be allowed to then go before South Carolina citizens for a vote.

“It is time to let the people vote,” pro-life advocate and Christians for Personhood Executive Director Steve Lefemine said in a statement.

Bright, along with fellow GOP Senators Ronnie Cromer, Mike Fair, Larry Grooms, and Danny Verdin, pre-filed another similar bill, S. 129, last December, according to FitsNews.com.

That measure seeks personhood through a vote in the legislature, and holds “that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws” and that these rights “vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human person.”

The S. 129 bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 13, and has still yet to receive a hearing.

With constitutional amendment S. 719 South Carolina residents could have the opportunity to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on the November 2016 ballot to afford the same privileges and immunities given citizens of South Carolina and the U.S., including the right to life and equal protection under the law.

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It states:

Must Article I of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to add Section 3.a. to provide that the privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and preborn persons beginning at conception?

South Carolina Republican voters approved a personhood constitutional amendment in June 2014 by more than 78 percent overall in the 45 counties where it appeared on the ballot. The wording is the same in the current amendment before the State Senate.

“So we are calling on South Carolina legislators, not only to let the people vote,” Lefemine said, “but to let the people vote on what over 240,000 Republican primary voters have already shown by their votes they believe.”

Next up for personhood constitutional amendment S. 719 is its assignment to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for a public hearing and potential passage.