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Glory to God ! – SC PERSONHOOD ACT ( S.217) passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 3Y-2N vote – April 26, 2017

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 27, 2017 / Revised April 28, 2017

Glory to God !SC PERSONHOOD ACT ( S .217) passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 3Y-2N vote – April 26, 2017

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– The SC Personhood Act ( S .217) passed favorably out of a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Wednesday shortly before 11am, April 26, by a vote of 3 Yeas ( Rice , Gambrell, Talley) to 2 Nays (Bright Matthews, McLeod).

– The bill now goes to the full Judiciary Committee, which presently has 22 members (1 vacancy), of which 13 are Republicans and 9 are Democrats; however only nine Republican members of the Judiciary Committee are co-sponsors of S .217 [ Climer, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Rice , Shealy, Talley, Turner, Timmons, Young ].  There are four Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who are not co-sponsors of S .217 [ Massey (Senate Majority ( Republican ) Leader; Chairman Senate Rules Committee), Rankin (Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman), Senn , and the only presently openly, repeatedly, long-term, declared opponent of S.217, Campsen (Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee Chairman) ].  None of the 9 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are presently co-sponsoring S .217.

– The April 26 meeting was scheduled to convene at 9am, but was started about 15 minutes late.  The full Senate was scheduled to go into session in the Senate chamber over at the State House at 11am, which placed a specific time limit on the length of the S .217 Subcommittee hearing.

– The hearing room was changed only the day before ( 4/25 ) to Room 209, which is the same size as the prior Room 207, with an audience seating capacity of just 50 ( The March 30 S .217 hearing was held in Room 308 with an audience seating capacity of 90, and there were people standing along two walls and overflowing out into the hallway at the March 30 S .217 hearing. ).  On Wednesday, Room 209 was filled including a few spots for standing room, and then there were many other people still out in the hallway.

Senate Gressette Building Room 209 filled for SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing  

– The Subcommittee chairwoman Senator Bright Matthews [ D – appointed by “Republican” Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) ] explained at the beginning of the meeting that time would have to be allowed at the end of the meeting for the Subcommittee to vote on the bill, and so speakers would not be called beyond a certain time ahead of the end of the meeting to allow that vote to take place.

– Four of those who were allowed to speak in support of the SC Personhood Act ( S .217) were Eva Edl, Johnny Gardner, Rolf Baghdady, and Richard Cash.  The videos of their testimonies are available below:

Eva Edl –  82 years old, survivor of a Communist starvation camp in Yugoslavia at end of WW2

Eva Edl Personhood Bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/_nV3PMlewEc
Video – 5:51

Eva Edl testifies before SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee:  Members present at the time from Left to Right: Senator Scott Talley (R), Judiciary Committee Senior Staff Attorney Paula Benson, Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D), Senator Mike Gambrell (R), Senator Rex Rice (R).  [ Not present yet, Senator Mia McLeod (D), seat empty between Senator Talley and Benson, Esq. ].    

Also:

Johnny Gardner – director of Voice of the Unborn

Johnny Gardner Personhood Bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/WxFJmZ_iREM
Video – 6:28

Rolf Baghdady, attorney – addressed legal issues, including importance of personhood as identified in Roe Opinion

Rolf Baghdady Personhood Bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/_iJ8j5mpii8
Video – 6:24

Richard Cash – executive director of Personhood SC; Winner of Republican SC Senate District #3 Anderson Primary Runoff on April 25

Richard Cash Personhood bill testimony – April 26, 2017
https://youtu.be/IunEZWKaWzs
Video – 5:50

Richard Cash testifies before SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee:  Members present at the time from Left to Right: Senator Scott Talley (R), Senator Mia McLeod (D), Judiciary Committee Senior Staff Attorney Paula Benson, Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D), Senator Mike Gambrell (R), Senator Rex Rice (R).

 

( Several other supporters of the SC Personhood Act ( S .217) were present who were also signed up to speak, but who were not afforded that opportunity by the Subcommittee chairwoman Senator Bright Matthews [ D – appointed by “Republican” Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) ]. )

After the conclusion of the SC Personhood Act ( S .217) Judiciary Subcommittee, and the vote to pass S .217 favorably: From Left to Right, Pat Hunter, wife of Dr. Johnny Hunter, and  Eva Edl.  Dr. Johnny Hunter is the national director of the Life Education and Resource Netwlork (L.E.A.R.N.), a Christian, pro-life organization which focuses on reaching Christian black pastors to become involved in pro-life efforts ( Dr. Hunter was signed up to speak and had a short, one-page statement prepared, but was not afforded the opportunity to address the S .217 Subcommitee during the hearing.)
[ See  http://BlackGenocide.org ]

 

‘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

‘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

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

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Senator Luke Rankin (R – Horry) has still not signed on as a co-sponsor of S .217 SC Personhood Act.

Senator Luke Rankin (R – Horry) has still not committed to vote for S .217 SC Personhood Act with no amendments in full Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs.

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– Please continue to call and request Senator Luke Rankin, Chairman Judiciary Committee:

1) Sign on to co-sponsor S.217 as soon as possible.

2) Commit to vote in support of S.217 without any amendments in the full Judiciary Committee.

Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry)
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
District 33 – Horry County – Map

Contact Information:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1511363455

(Columbia ) Senator Rankin Senate office Phone (803) 212-6610

(Conway ) Senator Rankin Law office Phone (843) 248-2405

( Myrtle Beach ) Senator Rankin Home Phone (843) 626-6269


Send webmail message to Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry)

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=1511363455


When calling/leaving messages/e-mailing, remind Senator Luke Rankin he voted in 2016 for the S.719 SC Personhood Amendment on April 12, 2016 ( Minutes p.5 ) in the full Senate Judiciary Committee; and remind Senator Rankin he also voted in 2016 for Special Order for the S.719 SC Personhood Amendment on the floor of the full SC Senate on May 11, 2016[ At the time 23-year incumbent Senator Rankin was facing Republican opposition from a Myrtle Beach Republican in the June 2016 Primary ]. 

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.

Read the entire report here.

Videos of Selected Pro-Personhood Testimonies at Judiciary Subcommittee March 30 Hearing for Personhood Act of South Carolina (S.217): [ SC Lt Gov, Nurse, Attorney, Pastor and Wife ]

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Revised April 5, 2017

Pro-Personhood SC Lieutenant Governor
Kevin Bryant
https://youtu.be/uTweSOqm_qo
[ Video – 3:47 ]
[ Excerpts ]

“My focus today and my purpose in filing this bill [ see Press Release dated January 27, 2017 ] is very simple. This legislation directly underscores and recognizes those unalienable rights endowed by the Creator: the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to the pursuit of happiness, to a baby girl and a baby boy that have yet to be born.”

“Please allow me to just read a couple of short portions of the bill, that reflects the simple purpose of my introduction of this bill, to uphold the liberty of young girls and boys.  Section [ 1-1-320 ], Part (B), says, ‘The General Assembly acknowledges that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.’  In [ Part ] (C), ‘The General Assembly acknowledges that personhood is God-given, as all men are created in the image of God.’ “

“And then in the next section [ Section 1-1-330 ], [ Part ] (B) again, ‘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.’ “

“Thanks again for holding this hearing, and taking my testimony. I  appreciate your hard work, and I believe it is the most important subject of all.”

 


 

Pro-Personhood Nurse
Laura Fultz
https://youtu.be/Zw0eJ77OfJ8
[ Video – 4:59 ]

Pro-Personhood Attorney
Allan Parker, The Justice Foundation
https://youtu.be/sgA8lW9AJyg
[ Video – 11:51 ]

Pro-Personhood Pastor and Wife
Tommy and Valerie Quick
Promised Land Christian Discipleship Center
https://youtu.be/85OlL8WoFBs
[ Video – 13:10 ]

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

Personhood is Abolition

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I understand there has been quite a bit of discussion online recently addressing the subjects of Personhood and the Abolitionist’s approach.

Let me begin by stating, 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.

In my opinion, we will need to pass Personhood legislation, and then we will very likely need interposition of Lesser Magistrates to enforce it once the law is codified and on the books if the passage of Personhood legislation occurs first at the State level.

Personhood and Interposition are NOT mutually exclusive.  Quite the contrary.

The way I see it, Personhood is needed first to establish contemporaneous statutory or State constitutional legal legitimacy in the eyes of the citizens of whatever State jurisdiction is involved which has determined in their day, to take a righteous stand against child-murder; and then interposition of Lesser Magistrates would likely be needed to enforce it ( keeping in mind none have so far enforced marriage though over 30 States have constitutional bans against sodomite/lesbian so-called “marriage” [ sic ] ).

If Federal Personhood legislation is passed, such as US Rep. Jody Hice’s ( R-GA ) re-introduction of his ( formerly US Rep. Paul Broun’s ) good bill, HR 586 ( https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/586 ), then perhaps interposition by State officials would not be necessary.  If however, SCOTUS “Justices” further violate their Oaths and Constitutional function by overthrowing legislation such as HR 586, there is the further step available of US Constitution, Article III, Section 2 legislation in which the US Congress has the authority and power to restrict the appellate jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court, such as in HR 2761 which was introduced in the 114th Congress [ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2761/text ].

For those opposed to Personhood efforts, I wonder how many have listened to, or read the transcript of, the October 11, 1972 Second Oral Argument of Roe v Wade, where the “basic constitutional question, initially“, “critical to this case, was [ and is ] whether or not an unborn child is recognized in law as a “person”.  Once that is done, then the matter becomes legally inarguable; establishing legal recognition of the Creator God-given unalienable right to life of all human beings here in the United States, according to our Federal and State Constitutions, beginning at fertilization, with no “exceptions”.

It is simple, short legislation, applying a present day, inarguably recognizable legal standard, if there is the WILL to do it !

October 11, 1972 Second Oral Argument of Roe v Wade
Audio – http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1971/1971_70_18/reargument

[ with moving transcript ]

Links to alternate edited transcript – http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2014-02-23-Landmark-Briefs-and-Arguments-of-the-SCOTUS-Roe-v.-Wade%281973%29-Second-Oral-Argument%28Oct.%2011,%201972%29.docx

Posting and excerpts below from www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net website [edited]:

[ Posted on the ‘Personhood Act’ page as Item #117. ]

  1. 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 US 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. ]

THE KEY, BASIC, AND INITIAL CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE IN ROE V. WADE (1973), CRITICAL TO THE CASE, WAS WHETHER OR NOT THE “FETUS” ( PRE-BIRTH HUMAN BEING ), WOULD BE RECOGNIZED IN LAW AS A LEGAL “PERSON”:

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 ]

 

Child-murder-by-“abortion” could have been ENDED in America 44+ years and 59+ MILLION dead children ago with FEDERAL Personhood Legislation.

 

Pass Personhood now !

Jesus Christ is King of kings, and Lord of lords;” ( 1 Timothy 6:15, KJV )

 

Steve Lefemine

exec. dir., Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222

Columbia, South Carolina 29211

CP@spiritcom.net

March 15, 2017