Category Archives: Personhood

(Video) Even Hillary Clinton knows Unborn Child is a Person – Meet the Press, April 3, 2016

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 4, 2016

(Video) Even Hillary Clinton knows Unborn Child is a Person

Meet the Press, April 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton: “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”

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Meet the Press – April 3, 2016
http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-april-3-2016-n549916

Transcript excerpt ( emphasis added ):

CHUCK TODD:

When, or if, does an unborn child have constitutional rights?

HILLARY CLINTON:

Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.

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Video
Clinton: Unborn Children Have No Constitutional Rights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_keodvXFNUI

Video – 1:03
Views – 21,467

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Re: SC Personhood Amendment ( S.719 ) on Senate Judiciary Committee April 5 Agenda:

What about all 22 SC Senators ( 13 R, 9 D ) on the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled to take up S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment in April 5 Meeting ?  Will they all acknowledge the unborn child is a ‘Person’ as even pro-‘abortion’ extremist Hillary Clinton did April 3 ?  So far only seven out of 22 SC Judiciary Committee Senators have done so !

Of these 22 SC Senators, only seven are co-sponsors and/or have signed pledges to support S.719.  See the list* posted here of the 22 SC Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and these Members’ Positions on the S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

[ *Update to List: Judicial supremacist, SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment opponent, selectively pro-‘abortion’ for certain ‘exceptions’, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) has three opponents in the June 14, 2016 Republican Primary for SC Senate District #2. ]

Of the 22 Judiciary Committee Senators, 14 ( 6 R, 8 D ) are lawyers, yet only two ( 2 R ) of these 14 are S.719 co-sponsors.  And yet,  Black’s Law Dictionary (2009), used by attorneys, defines “Person” as “A Human Being”.  So, Person = Human Being.  Why is not every attorney in the SC Senate a co-sponsor of S.719 ?

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Hillary Clinton: ‘The Unborn Person Doesn’t Have Constitutional Rights’
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/hillary-clinton-unborn-person-doesnt-have-constitutional-rights
April 3, 2016

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(CNSNews.com) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press today that “the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”

Clinton made the statement in response to a question from “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. Clinton also said that an unborn child’s constitutional rights are “not something that exists.”

Todd asked: “When, or if, does an unborn child have constitutional rights?”

“Well, under our laws, currently, that is not something that exists,” said Clinton. “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights. Now that doesn`t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support.

“It doesn’t mean that you don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations, but it does not include sacrificing the woman’s right to make decisions,” Clinton continued. “And I think that’s an important distinction that under Roe v. Wade we’ve had enshrined under our Constitution.”

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Selected Legal Experts Supporting Constitutionality of State-Level Personhood Legislation:

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 present 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
  May 26, 2015

Excerpts:

“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 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 ]

SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 5 Agenda

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 3, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 5 Agenda    

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S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment is #13 ( item “M.” ) on  the Senate Judiciary Committee (13 R, 9 D) Agenda for the April 5th, 3PM meeting in Room 308 in the Senate Gressette Office Bldg., State House grounds, Columbia, South Carolina, as posted here.

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Senate Meeting Schedule
Week of April 4, 2016

As posted here:
http://scstatehouse.gov/meetings.php?chamber=S

Tuesday, April 5

3:00 pm — Gressette Room 308 — Judiciary Committee
Agenda Available
Live Broadcast
Live Broadcast – Audio Only
REVISIONS:
Meeting added on 04/01/2016 at 10:04 am
Scheduled for Live Broadcast on 04/01/2016 at 10:33 am

NOTE: The meeting is in Room 308 with only a +/- 90 audience seating capacity, instead of the usual Room 105 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting room with a +/- 100 audience seating capacity ]

( A Finance Subcommittee will be meeting in Room 105 )

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The April 5th agenda is available here:  http://scstatehouse.gov/agendas/121s1689.htm

S.719 is item #13 on the agenda.

This is because in the last ( March 22 ) meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, S719 was item #24 out of 24 items on the Agenda, and the meeting stopped after finishing with item #19.  So that left five items ( items #19 thru #24 ) which had not been taken up at all in the March 22 meeting.

Then there were also seven bills in the March 22 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting which were taken up, but then were at some point “carried over”.

In addition, there is one new bill ( S.1191 only introduced into the SC Senate on March 24th ) that is very short, that has been placed at the very top of the list ( Agenda item #1 ) dealing with South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure
[It appears this is an example of how the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman is able to give special priority to a bill on the agenda if he chooses to.]

So S.719 is 13th on the list for April 5th.

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For those who decide to come to the Judiciary Committee meeting on April 5th (public interest and accountability are important), it is recommended you arrive in the committee meeting room at 2:00 pm (especially with the slightly smaller audience seating size of Room 308 as compared to the usual Room 105).

Pink lapel tags have been prepared that can be pinned on to identify S719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment supporters, and it is requested that S719 supporters please sit as close to the front rows as possible.

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As explained in the previous March 30 e-mail below:

Please contact one or all of these seven ( 7 ) Senators, asking them:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester )

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry )

Paul Thurmond ( R – Charleston, Dorchester )

Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry ) [ incumbent Senator 1993 – 2016 ]

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton ) [ incumbent Senator 2005 – 2016 ]

J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Richland, Sumter )

Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg )

 

1) To please vote to pass S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment next Tuesday, April 5th in the Senate Judiciary Committee, 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 !

2) And if they cannot vote ‘Yes’ to pass S.719, then ask them to at least not vote against S.719, and to please abstain.

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If you are a Bible-believing, born again Christian, please pray for the Lord to turn the hearts of these seven ( 7 ) SC State Senators above, as well as each of the other eight ( 8 ) Senate members of the 22-man Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ) who are not yet signed on as  co-sponsors, or who have not yet pledged to support S.719
[SC Senators Larry A. Martin, Chairman, Brad Hutto, Gerald Malloy, Creighton B. Coleman, Karl B. Allen, Kevin L. Johnson, Marlon E. Kimpson, and Margie Bright Matthews].

“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

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – Senate Judiciary Committee ends March 22 meeting before taking up S.719

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
March 24, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment

– Senate Judiciary Committee ends March 22 meeting before taking up S.719 

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The SC Senate Judiciary Committee met for nearly three hours on Tuesday, March 22, however the meeting ended five items short ( after finishing item #19 ) before reaching the last item ( #24 out of 24 Agenda items ), S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

With the SC Senate in Recess all of next week ( March 27 – April 2 ), the next regular Tuesday meeting of the full Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm.  It is expected that S.719  will be taken up at that meeting.

At present, there are eight known votes in support of S.719 on the 22-man Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the non-supporting Senators has agreed to abstain, meaning we may need up to 11 votes for S.719 to pass on April 5.

See the list posted here of the 22 Senators who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ), and these Members’ Positions on the S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

Please continue to contact / lobby non-supporting Senators.  Contact information on the South Carolina Legislature website for all SC Senators is posted here.

Please see the letter below regarding contacting / lobbying seven specific non-supporting Senators  who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:  Senators Campsen, Bennett, Hembree, Rankin, Thurmond, McElveen, and Saab.

You may complete Senate Lobbying Memos and send them to Christians for Personhood, PO Box 12222, Columbia, SC 29211 by Monday April 4 ( NLT April 5 ), to be turned in at the State House for hand-delivery to each Senator personally in the Senate chamber.

Two example Senate Lobbying Memos posted here.

Two blank Senate Lobbying Memos posted here.

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    Upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee vote on S.719

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

 *** Your Immediate Help and Action is Needed ! ***

Dear Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood Christians,

The SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719 passed out of a three-man Judiciary Subcommittee on Thursday, March 17 by a vote of 2 Yeas ( Bright, Corbin ) to 1 Nay ( Bright Matthews ); but was then placed last on the Agenda for the regular Tuesday March 22 meeting of the full Senate
Judiciary Committee
, chaired by judicial supremacist Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ), who opposes SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719S.719 appeared on the Agenda as #24 of 24 items.

On Tuesday, March 22, the full Senate Judiciary Committee meeting started early, and met for nearly three hours, however the meeting ended five items short ( after finishing item #19 ) before reaching the last item, SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719.

With the SC Senate in Recess all of next week ( March 27- April 2 ), that means the next regular  Tuesday meeting of the full Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm.  It is very likely S.719 will be taken up for consideration at that meeting.  Please consider attending, arriving at 2pm if possible, sitting near the front, and obtaining a pink lapel tag to wear showing your support of S.719.  The meeting will likely be in Room 105, Gressette Senate Office Bldg, immediately behind the SC State House.

Whether or not you are able to physically come on April 5, please contact Judiciary Comm. Senators between now and then by any and/or all of the contact means posted on each individual Senator’s webpage at the www.scstatehouse.gov website ( first click on “Senators”, then click on the individual Senator’s name ), and convey this simple message to them: “Please vote to pass S719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  If you cannot vote ‘Yes’ to S719, please do not vote against S719, please abstain.”

Please look at the two example lobbying memos which are posted here to Senator Campsen and to Senator Hembree.  Using the four blank lobbying memos enclosed, please write up memos like these in your own handwriting, using your name, to at least four of these seven Senators:  Campsen, Bennett, Hembree, Rankin, Thurmond, McElveen, and Saab.  [ You may also print out more blank lobbying memos posted here [ two blank Senate Lobbying Memos ], or you can go to the “Personhood Act” page of the ChristianLifeandLiberty.net website.  Go to the “Personhood Act” page, item # 102., which is entitled:“Blank Form – Memo Form for Lobbying SC Senate Members”. ]  Write-up memos to all seven if you wish.

IMPORTANTThe Judiciary Committee meeting is likely at 3pm, however the entire Senate goes into Session inside the SC State House Tuesday, April 5 at 12 noon.  Please mail your completed lobbying memos back to Christians for Personhood, PO Box 12222, Columbia, SC 29211, such that they arrive, preferably, on or before Monday, April 4, but absolutely NLT Tuesday, April 5 in the morning mail, so that they can be picked up, taken to the SC State House, and turned in to the courtesy desk located just outside the Senate chamber, for hand-delivery by Senate pages to each Senator personally inside the chamber during Session.

If SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719 is to pass the SC Senate, and if S.719 is to be placed on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot for the people of South Carolina to vote on whether our State Constitution will explicitly protect the lives of pre-birth human beings from the moment of conception ( fertilization ), then S.719 must come out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Please do what you can to help stop the shedding of innocent blood in South Carolina.  Thank you.

In Christ,
Steve Lefemine

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    ‘Abortions’ Committed at Major Child-Murder Mills
in South Carolina, 1988 to 2014
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-03-08-SC-Abortion-Statistics-1988-2014.xls

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Archived video of the March 17 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee public hearing on S. 719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment ( S.719 passed favorably by 2Y-1N vote ):

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http://scstatehouse.gov/

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Video Archives by meeting time
(Reorder by Body/Committee)

48:50 [ Video length ]

Thursday, March 17, 2016  1 hour after the Senate adjourns
Senate Judiciary Committee — Judiciary Subcommittee on S.719

Totals of 14 speakers ( six Anti-Personhood; eight Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood ):

Speaker 1) Anti-Personhood – assoc. dir., SC Coalition for Healthy Families [ sic ]

Speaker 2) Anti-Personhood – The League of Women Voters representative

Speaker 3) Anti-Personhood – Planned Parenthood [ sic ] representative

Speaker 4) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Mr. Gordon Cashwell, pastor, Charleston

Speaker 5) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Steve Lefemine, exec. dir., Christians for Personhood

Speaker 6) Anti-Personhood – Family Law attorney

Speaker 7) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Johnny Gardner, dir., Voice of the Unborn

Speaker 8) Anti-Personhood speaker

Speaker 9) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Laura Cash Fultz, nursing graduate

Speaker 10) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Richard Cash, exec. dir., Personhood South Carolina

Speaker 11) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Mr. Andrew Dionne, pastor, Spartanburg

Speaker 12) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Travis Childers

Speaker 13) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – William Fultz

Speaker 14) Anti-Personhood – ACLU legal director, lawyer

SC Personhood Amendment – Chairman Larry Martin Puts S.719 Last on Senate Judiciary Comm. Agenda for March 22

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
March 20, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment

– Chairman Larry Martin Puts S.719 Last on Senate Judiciary Comm. Agenda for March 22

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1) After the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719 passed favorably on Thursday, March 17 out of a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee by a vote of 2 Yeas ( Bright, Corbin ) to 1 Nay  ( Bright Matthews ), 
it was posted ( NLT March 18 ) on the Agenda for the regular Tuesday March 22 meeting of the full Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ).  It is posted on this Agenda dead last, as agenda item #24 out of 24 items.

2) Please contact Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) and ask him to give S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment a higher priority on the Agenda of the March 22 meeting of the full Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs, such that S.719 shall be debated and voted upon by the end of the Judiciary Committee’s business on March 22.


Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin’s contact information is posted here:
http://scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1172727132

Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) can be contacted by e-mail through the window on his scstatehouse.gov webpage:
http://scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=1172727132

Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) can be contacted by direct e-mail:
LarryMartin@scsenate.gov

Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) can be contacted at his home phone:
(864) 878-6105

Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) can be contacted at his business phone ( Monday ):
(864) 306-2126

Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) can be contacted at his Gressette Senate Office Building Phone ( Tuesday ):
(803) 212-6610

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The unBiblical, unConstitutional, Oath-breaking positions and actions of Officeholders such as Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) are a major reason why child-murder-by-“abortion” is still considered “legal” [ sic ] in our country today, which has already cost the lives of an est . 58+ MILLION reported pre-birth children, and has brought, and is bringing, the Judgment of God upon America, including South Carolina, for the shedding of their judicially innocent blood !

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Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) is a judicial supremacist.  Despite the clear language of Article VI. of the US Constitution to the contrary, Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) erroneously believes Opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court are “the supreme Law of the Land.”  They are not.

Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson:
The Supreme Court is not the final arbiter of the Constitution

http://christianlifeandliberty.net/CONLAW05.DOC

“Abortion is not legal” – Christine Ross and Herbert W. Titus, JD
LIFE ADVOCATE, MAY/JUNE 1999
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/HerbTitus0501.doc

Statement Calling for Constitutional Resistance to Obergefell v. Hodges
https://americanprinciplesproject.org/founding-principles/statement-calling-for-constitutional-resistance-to-obergefell-v-hodges%E2%80%AF/
October 8, 2015
[ 72 Law Professors and Others Reject Obergefell as “binding precedent” except for “specific plaintiffs” to case” ]


In violation of God’s Sixth Commandment ( “Thou shalt not kill (murder).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV ),  Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) has supported “exceptions” to a ban on child-murder, and has also supported the taxpayer funding of “exceptions” to a ban on child-murder.

Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) delayed assigning S.719 to a Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs for over 10 months after it was introduced in the SC Senate on April 28, 2015.

Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) is not a co-sponsor of the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719, but in fact does not support this pro-life, pro-personhood legislation designed to “Establish Justice” for pre-birth human beings.

In that the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution identifies the establishment of Justice as one of the primary purposes for which the Constitution for the United States of America was ordained and established, Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) is therefore in violation of his Oath of Office to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of this State and of the United States. So Help me God.”
[ South Carolina Constitution, Article III., Section 26 ]

37-year incumbent SC Legislator (since 1979), Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) is therefore an Oath Breaker.

SC Personhood Amendment passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 2Y-1N vote – March 17, 2016

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Focus on the SC pro-personhood effort now shifts to the 22-man SC Senate Judiciary Committee. See list here of SC Judiciary Committee members ( 13 R, 9 D ) and the Members’ Positions on the S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Please contact especially these eight Senators, below who are not presently listed as S.719 co-sponsors, asking for their support and their ‘Yea’ vote for S.719 in the full Judiciary Committee, which could possibly vote on S.719 as early as Tuesday, March 22 in their next regular meeting:

See these Senators’ individual webpages and contact information posted here:

1) Sean Bennett ( R – Berk, Chas, Dorch ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719, co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014

2) Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719, co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014

3) Larry A. Martin, Chairman ( R – Pickens ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719but says will vote for S719

[ Note: This is seen as a pragmatic position of political survival; Larry Martin has two Republican opponents in the June 14, 2016 Republican Primary, BOTH of whom are personhood supporters.  Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin has been a judicial supremacist opponent of S719, and has delayed assigning S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommittee for over 10 months after S719 was introduced in the SC Senate on April 28, 2015 ! ]

4) Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry ) – non-supporter of S.719

5) Paul Thurmond ( R – Chas, Dorch ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719

6) J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Rich, Sumter ) – non-supporter of S.719

7) Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berk, Flor, George, Horry, Williams ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719
[ occupies Senate seat previously held by Yancey McGill ( D ); McGill co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014 ]

8) George E.”Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beau, Chas, Coll ) anti-personhood judicial supremacist, professing Christian ( Baptist )

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Summary of Recent Events:

1) With the pressure building for a Recall vote on the floor of the Senate, which would have potentially put all 45 SC Senators on the record, one way or another, as to their stand on the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) agreed last Thursday ( March 10 ) to finally assign S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommitte ( over 10 months after S.719 was introduced on April 28, 2015 ). As requested, he assigned S.719 to a favorable subcommittee ( two S.719 co-sponsors and one opponent ), with Senator Lee Bright ( R-Gvl/Spart ), the primary bill sponsor, as the Subcommittee Chairman, and Senator Larry Martin also agreed to vote for S.719 in the full Judiciary Committee [ He has also said since then that he intends to vote against S.719 on the floor of the full SC Senate. ]

2) On Wednesday, March 16, Personhood South Carolina conducted a Personhood Day in Columbia, urging personhood supporters to meet with SC Representatives and SC Senators, followed by an energizing rally in the First Floor Lobby of the SC State House at which several evangelical and protestant Christians pastors spoke strong messages of exhortation and challenge, well received by pro-personhood supporters, adults and children, present.

3) Also as of March 16, Senator Larry Martin’s agreement from the previous week to assign S.719 to a favorable Judiciary Subcommittee was posted on the www.scstatehouse.gov website here.

4) The Judiciary Subcommittee public hearing was held today, March 17, with several speakers for and against.  At the conclusion of the testimony, the vote of the subcommittee was taken, and S.719 passed favorably by a voice vote of 2 Yea ( Bright, Corbin ) to 1 Nay ( Bright Matthews ). Thank God for the righteous votes of Senators Lee Bright and Tom Corbin to establish justice !

5) The next step will hopefully be the full Judiciary Committee at its regular meeting next Tuesday, March 22 as should be posted here by Friday ( March 18 ) COB.

Contact members from 22-man Judiciary Committee listed posted here, especially these Senators:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berk, Chas, Dorch )

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry )

Larry A. Martin, Chairman ( R – Pickens )

Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry )

Paul Thurmond ( R – Chas, Dorch )

J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Rich, Sumter )

Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berk, Flor, George, Horry, Williams )

George E.”Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beau, Chas, Coll ).

* Edited March 18, 2016