Category Archives: Personhood

Press Release: PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Introduced in House and Senate

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PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

S.217 Introduced in SC Senate January 10, 2017

H.3530 Introduced in SC House January 19, 2017             

PRESS RELEASE

FOR RELEASE:  Friday, January 27, 2017/Revised Feb 10, 2017/Revised Feb 17, 2017

FOR FURTHER INFO:

Contact, Steve Lefemine, exec.dir., Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222, Columbia, South Carolina  29211; CP@spiritcom.net

Press Release posted at:  http://christiansforpersonhood.com

 

[COLUMBIA, SC] The “Personhood Act of South Carolina” has been introduced once again in the South Carolina General Assembly, in both the SC Senate ( S.217 introduced January 10 ), and the SC House ( H.3530 introduced January 19 ).  The Senate bill was introduced by then-Senator Kevin Bryant, who was elevated to the position of SC Lieutenant Governor Wednesday, January 25, after former Lt Gov Henry McMaster was elevated to the office of SC Governor on January 24 ( following the SC Constitution’s order of succession ) immediately upon former SC Gov Nikki Haley’s resignation after her confirmation by the US Senate to be US Ambassador to the United Nations.  At the present time, the Senate bill ( S.217 ) has 12 Republican co-sponsors in the 46seat SC Senate, which presently has 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats.  However the House bill ( H.3530 ), introduced by Representative Steven Long, currently has 49 Republican co-sponsors in the 124-seat SC House, which presently has 78 Republicans and 44 Democrats.  Principled pro-life, pro-personhood South Carolinians are asked to visit scstatehouse.gov, contact and ask their SC Senator, especially Republicans, to sign on as co-sponsors of S.217 right away.

Personhood legislation was first introduced in the SC Legislature in 1998, and has been active every year since, over the last 19 years [ History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina (1998 – 2016) ].  In 2005, a Personhood Act ( H.3213 ) passed the SC House, albeit with a fatal flaw “exception” amendment, before being killed in the SC Senate; and in 2016, a Personhood Constitutional Amendment ( S.719 ) passed a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee in March, and passed the full Senate Judiciary Committee in April, before being defeated on the full Senate floor in a vote for Special Order on May 11, 2016 ( 24 Senators voted Yes for Special Order, 16 Senators voted No, and 2 Senators voted Present, however a 2/3 super-majority was required by SC Senate Rules, and so even though a majority of Senators voted Yes, the motion failed.)

The “Personhood Act of SC” recognizes the Creator God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in the South Carolina Code of Laws. Senate bill S.217 states:

 “The right to life for each born and preborn human being vests at fertilization.” and “The rights  guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this State [SC], 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.”  [ Section 1-1-330, S.217 ]

The State of South Carolina has the power to enact this law pursuant to the power reserved to this State under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. [ Section 1-1-340, S.217 ]

Legal experts defending the constitutionality of States’ Personhood legislation in South Carolina (2001), and Mississippi (2009), and Alabama (2011), and Oklahoma (2012) are posted online here at: www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net.  Go to Item #117 on the “Personhood Act” page.

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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/

Oklahoma Bill is NOT a Personhood Bill; S.B. 1552 Bans Most “Abortions”, but with Unbiblical “Exception”

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Christiansfor Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
May 20, 2016

Oklahoma Bill is
NOT a Personhood Bill; S.B. 1552 Bans Most “Abortions”, but with Unbiblical “Exception”

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Oklahoma Ban Most “Abortions”Bill S.B. 1552:

http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16%20ENR/SB/SB1552%20ENR.PDF


Oklahoma’s S.B. 1552 is NOT a personhood bill.  It is a bill that bans most “abortions”, but unfortunately S.B. 1552 has a so-called life of the mother “exception”.

This 11-page bill does NOT acknowledge that human life begins at fertilization/conception.

This bill does not acknowledge the God-given, unalienable right to life and personhood of ALL unborn human beings.

Christians for Personhood opposes this bill.

God has said, “Thou shalt not kill ( murder ).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV – no exceptions to the command not to commit murder.

We do not have the right to commit murder.

Go to the Christians for Personhood website, click on “No Exceptions” for video and articles dealing with this subject

[ http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/no-exceptions/ ]

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Oklahoma Bill S.B. 1552

An Act

ENROLLED SENATE
BILL NO. 1552
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16%20ENR/SB/SB1552%20ENR.PDF

Passed the Senate the 19th day of May, 2016.
Passed the House of Representatives the 21st day of April, 2016.

[ Excerpts ]

SUBJECT: Physician licensure
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:

SECTION 1. AMENDATORY 59 O.S. 2011, Section 509, is amended to read as follows:

ENR. S. B. NO. 1552 Page 2 Section 509. The words “unprofessional conduct” as used in Sections 481 through 514 of this title are hereby declared to include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

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20. Performance of an abortion as defined by Section 1-730 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, except that an abortion necessary [CP – sic]  to preserve the life of the mother shall not be grounds for denial or revocation of a medical license. No such condition may be determined to exist if it is based on a claim or diagnosis that the woman may engage in conduct
which she intends to result in her death; or

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SECTION 2. AMENDATORY 59 O.S. 2011, Section 637, is amended to read as follows:

Section 637. A. The State Board of Osteopathic Examiners may refuse to admit a person to an examination or may refuse to issue or reinstate or may suspend or revoke any license issued or reinstated by the Board upon proof that the applicant or holder of such a license:

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14. Has performed an abortion as defined by Section 1-730 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, except that an abortion necessary [CP – sic] to preserve the life of the mother shall not be grounds for denial or revocation of a medical license. No such condition may be determined to exist if it is based on a claim or diagnosis that the woman may engage in conduct which she intends to result in her death; and

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SECTION 3. AMENDATORY 63 O.S. 2011, Section 1-731, is amended to read as follows:

Section 1-731. A. No person shall perform or induce an abortion upon a pregnant woman unless that person is a physicianlicensed to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than one (1) year nor more than three (3) years in the State Penitentiary.

B. Any physician participating in the performance of an abortion shall be prohibited from obtaining or renewing a license to practice medicine in this state. The State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision shall revoke the license of an allopathic physician performing an abortion in this state. The State Board of Osteopathic Examiners shall revoke the license of an osteopathic physician performing an abortion in this state. For the purposes of this section, “abortion” shall have the same meaning provided by Section 1-730 of this title, except that an abortion necessary [ CP – sic ] to preserve the life of the mother shall not be grounds for denial or revocation of a medical license. No such condition may be determined to exist if it is based on a claim or diagnosis that the woman may engage in conduct which she intends to result in her death.

C. No person shall perform or induce an abortion upon a pregnant woman subsequent to the end of the first trimester of her pregnancy, unless such abortion is performed or induced in a general hospital.

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SECTION 5. This act shall become effective November 1, 2016.

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New York Times

Oklahoma Passes Bill That Would Subject Abortion Doctors to Felony Charges
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/20/us/oklahoma-bill-abortion-doctors.html?_r=0
MAY 19, 2016

[ CP Note: comments, emphasis added; portion omitted ]

The Oklahoma Legislature on Thursday passed a bill that would effectively ban abortions by subjecting doctors who perform them to felony charges and revoking their medical licenses ­ the first legislation of its kind.

In a year in which states have tried to outlaw abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, to ban the main surgical method used in the second trimester and to shut down abortion clinics with onerous regulations, Oklahoma’s bill is the most far-reaching.

The measure, which passed the Republican-dominated Senate by a vote of 33 to 12, will be presented to Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, who will have five days to sign it, veto it or allow it to take effect without her signature.

If it becomes law, it is certain to face a quick challenge in state or federal court. And because the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that women have a right to obtain abortions until the fetus is viable outside the womb, legal experts say, it will soon be declared unconstitutional.

That has not deterred anti-abortion politicians in a state dominated by conservative Republicans. Some say they welcome the chance to make a strong statement and to engage the issues in court.

“Most people know I am for defending rights,” Senator Nathan Dahm, the author of the bill and a software developer from Broken Arrow, Okla., told The Oklahoman. “Those rights begin at conception.”

Mr. Dahm told reporters that he knew the measure would be challenged but expressed hope that the case would lead the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Ms. [ CP – sicMrs. ] Fallin, who has signed several anti-abortion bills that were later blocked by the courts, will not comment on the new bill “until she and her staff have had a chance to review it,” Michael McNutt, her communications director, said in an email.

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State Senator Nathan Dahm, the sponsor of the bill in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, expressed hope that it would lead the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Credit Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

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The bill would strip doctors who perform abortions of their medical licenses unless the procedure was necessary [CP – sic] to save a woman’s life. The felony provision does not include that exception.

Currently, only two clinics in Oklahoma, one in Norman and one in Tulsa, provide abortions. A third, owned by Trust Women, a foundation based in Wichita, Kan., is under construction and is to open next month. Julie Burkhart, Trust Women’s chief executive, expressed dismay at the bill and urged Ms. [ CP – sicMrs. ] Fallin to veto it.

Oklahoma’s proposal to criminalize abortion may be the most stringent, but it is one of many new measures that continue in conservative states. This year, South Dakota joined 12 other states in banning abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, with a similar bill in South Carolina awaiting the signature of Gov. Nikki R. Haley.

Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia have passed laws to ban the use of the second-trimester surgical technique even though courts in Oklahoma and elsewhere have previously overturned such laws.

Texas regulations that could force a majority of the state’s abortion clinics to close are the subject of a major Supreme Court case. The rules require that doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that abortion clinics meet the stringent building and staffing standards of ambulatory surgery centers. The decision, expected in June, could have major effects on access to abortion in several other states.

But the Supreme Court, while it is debating how far states may go in regulating abortion, has given no sign that it will overturn the basic right of women to obtain the procedure, which is at stake in the new Oklahoma bill.

A version of this article appears in print on May 20, 2016, on page A10 of the New York edition with the headline:

Oklahoma Abortion Bill to Punish Providers. Order Reprints| Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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SC Personhood Amendment – No Special Order Votes Taken, No Motion Period in Senate April 19; Next Regular Session April 21

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 19, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment – No Special Order Votes Taken, No Motion Period in Senate April 19; Next Regular Session April 21

Will Senators (27 R, 18 D) set S.719 for Special Order Thursday, April 21, 2016 ?

– We need to Poll Senators for Commitment to Vote for Special Order for S.719

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1) The SC Senate adjourned in less than 1 1/2 hours today without even entering the Motion Period on the Senate Calendar for April 19.  So no votes for Special Order were taken; neither for H.3189, nor S.719.

2) Tomorrow, April 20  is only any ‘perfunctory’ Session as per the motion of Senate President Pro-Tempore, 35-year incumbent Senator Hugh Leatherman ( R – Darlington, Florence ), who invoked a special Rule of the Senate ( Rule 1B, p. 206 ) authorizing the President Pro-Tempore to do so.  Note: The invoking of the Rule was actually out of order because the Rule requires the motion be made “at least two (2) days prior” to it taking effect.  However no Senator challenged the Rule violation, and so the motion was approved by the Senate.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 12:00 pm
State House, Senate Chamber
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/video/videofeed.php
Video – 1:23:29

3) So the next full Session of the Senate is Thursday, April 20, meeting at 11AM.  We have until then to lobby and poll Senators for their commitment to vote for Special Order for S.719.  Senator Bright says we need to make a list of those who will vote for Special Order for S.719.  Senator Bryant says we should start with supporters of S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment, of which there are 15.  There are 12 Senate co-sponsors of S.719, plus three other Senators who have signed the S.719 pledge only.

Sponsors of S.719: Senators Lee Bright*, Ronnie Cromer*, Kevin Bryant*, Shane Martin, Ross Turner, Mike Fair*, Katrina Shealy*, Larry Grooms, Shane Massey, Danny Verdin*, Tom Young and Tom Davis
[ Note: Senators with asterisk ( * ) also signed S.719 Pledge ]

Senators who have signed S.719 Pledge but have not co-sponsored: Senators Tom Corbin, Greg Gregory, Wes Hayes

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

Of this list, Senator Bright and Senator Bryant can be counted as having already made their commitment to support S.719 for Special Order.  Please help contact, lobby, and poll the remainder of this list of 15 Senators, asking them:

– To please agree to vote to set S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment for Special Order on Thursday, April 21st and thereafter, to move forward the effort to put  S.719 on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 General Election and let the people of South Carolina have the opportunity to vote on what is in our own State Constitution !

– And if they cannot vote ‘Yes’ to set S.719 for Special Order, then ask them to at least not vote against setting S.719 for Special Order, and to please abstain.

4) If you contact or receive an answer back from any of these 15 Senators above regarding the answer to whether they will agree to vote to set S.719 for Special Order on Thursday, April 21st and thereafter; or if not, will they at least abstain, please e-mail their response to CP@spiritcom.net as soon as possible.
Thank you !

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Greenville News ( Greenville, SC )

Bryant: personhood bill may be pushed over transgender bill
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/18/bryant-personhood-bill-may-pushed-over-transgender-bill/83188538/
April 19, 2016

COLUMBIA ­ The Upstate chairman of the committee that could take up a bill regulating the transgender use of public bathrooms says while he still thinks the bill can pass, he is more interested in having the Senate debate a bill giving rights to the unborn.

Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson, chairman of the Senate General Committee, told The Greenville News on Monday he is prepared to move the transgender bill out of committee and onto the Senate calendar but knows whether the bill moves as the result of a vote at a committee meeting or polling committee members without a meeting, it still will draw a procedural objection by opponents that will require a vote of the Senate for the measure to be heard.

Given the choice between focusing his efforts on persuading the Senate to take up the transgender bill or a bill establishing legal rights for the unborn beginning at conception, also known as the “personhood” bill, Bryant said he would prefer to focus on the personhood bill.

“My personal priority is the personhood constitutional amendment,” Bryant said.  “I would like to see the bathroom bill pass this year. Personhood would be the priority for me.”

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http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/18/bryant-personhood-bill-may-pushed-over-transgender-bill/83188538/

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“The king’s heart is in the Hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
Proverb 21:1, KJV ( with deity capitalized )

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

Praise the Lord“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – Day of Decision for Special Order in SC Senate – Tuesday, April 19, 2016 ?

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 17, 2016

SC Personhood AmendmentDay of Decision for Special Order in SC Senate

– Tuesday, April 19, 2016 ?

Which Bill will SC Senators (27 R, 18 D) set for Special Order: H.3189 or S.719 ?

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It appears likely Senate President Pro-Tempore, 35-year incumbent Senator Hugh Leatherman (Darlington, Florence) will once again move for H.3189 to be set for Special Order, which if passed by a 2/3 Senate vote, would take the one slot presently open for Special Order, during the Motion Period on Tuesday,  April 19.  It is important this Motion be defeated once again.  It was defeated on Thursday, April 14 by just one vote.

Instead of giving away the one open Special Order slot to H.3189, we pray a Special Order vote for S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment will be taken, and will succeed on Tuesday, April 19.

So please call and e-mail the Republican and Democrat Senators further below, as many as you are willing, by NLT Tuesday morning, April 19 when the Republican Senate Caucus meets at 11AM prior to the 12 noon Session in the Senate chamber, saying to them words to this effect:

“Please vote to give the open Special Order slot to S.719, and please do not vote to give the open Special Order slot to H.3189.  The vote for Special Order for S719 is being counted as a vote for or against the Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Let the People of South Carolina vote on the ballot November 8, 2016 .”

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These 10 Republican Senators below voted on Thursday, April 14 to give H.3189 (‘campaign funding’/’ethics’, third party/so-called ‘dark money’ bill) the one open Special Order slot, which would have boxed out S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment from getting an opportunity to receive a vote for Special Order. Thankfully that H.3189 Special Order vote was defeated on Thursday, April 14, but by just one vote, and the proponents of Special Order for H.3189 intend to try again.  Their attempt may very well be Tuesday, April 19.

The 10 Republican Senators who voted to give away the one open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 were:

1) Thomas C. Alexander – District 1 – Oconee & Pickens Counties – Map

2) Paul G. Campbell, Jr. – District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

3) Raymond E. Cleary, III – District 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Counties – Map

4) Ronnie W. Cromer – District 18 – Lexington, Newberry & Union Counties – Map
[ Senator Cromer is a co-sponsor of S.719 and has signed the S.719 pledge ]

5) Robert W. Hayes, Jr. – District 15 – York County – Map
[ Senator Hayes has signed the S.719 pledge ]

6) Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. – District 31 – Darlington & Florence Counties – Map

7) Larry A. Martin – District 2 – Pickens County – Map

8) Luke A. Rankin – District 33 – Horry County – Map

9) Paul Thurmond – District 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

10) Tom Young, Jr. – District 24 – Aiken County – Map
[ Senator Young is a co-sponsor of S.719 ]

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

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“The king’s heart is in the Hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
Proverb 21:1, KJV ( with deity capitalized )

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

Praise the Lord“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211