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No Completed Personhood Questionnaires Received from 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

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FOR RELEASE:   Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FOR FURTHER INFO:  Contact, Steve Lefemine, exec.dir., Christians for Personhood
PO Box 12222, Columbia, South Carolina  29211;  CP@spiritcom.net

Personhood Questionnaire for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Posted at:  http://christiansforpersonhood.com

[COLUMBIA, SC]  Personhood Questionnaires for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates were initially sent to the campaigns of candidates Bush, Carson, Cruz, Fiorina, Huckabee, Paul, Rubio, and Trump on December 17, 2015; and questionnaires were initially sent to the campaigns of candidates Christie, Kasich, Santorum on December 22, 2015.


Between December 17/22, 2015 and January 26, 2016, several attempts were made to contact each campaign by e-mail and by regular postal mail.


Although contacts/replies of some sort were received from the Bush, Christie, and Huckabee campaigns ( see below ), no completed Personhood Questionnaires have been received from any of these eleven 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates.

The Personhood Questionnaire for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates sent to each individual candidate can be viewed on-line:

1.  Jeb Bush

2.  Ben Carson

3.  Chris Christie

4.  Ted Cruz

5.  Carly Fiorina

6.  Mike Huckabee

7.  John Kasich

8.  Rand Paul

9.  Marco Rubio

10.  Rick Santorum

11.  Donald Trump

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Replies/Contacts from Bush, Christie, Huckabee campaigns:

1. Bush Campaign – Bush Campaign worker passed along reminder request for completion of Personhood Questionnaire for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates, however completed questionnaire has not been received.

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2. Christie campaign – Christie Campaign worker reply included Governor Chris Christie’s position on a number of incremental measures regulating child-murder-by-“abortion”, but despite the assertion by the Christie campaign worker indicating to the contrary,  did not complete the questions specifically asked in the Personhood Questionnaire for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates.  Nothing in the response from the Governor Chris Christie campaign indicates Governor Christie supports legal Personhood at fertilization for pre-birth human beings without any “exceptions”.  Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood.

Response from Governor Chris Christie campaign:

[ edited, comments added ]

Below please find Governor Chris Christie’s responses to the “Christians for Personhood Questionnaire.”

Thank you,
[ Christie campaign worker ]

CHRISTIE: “I am pro-life. Hearing the strong heartbeat of my unborn daughter 14 years ago at 13 weeks gestation had a profound effect on me and my beliefs. The life of every human being is precious.”
(Christie For New Jersey Campaign Website, ChristieForNJ.com, “Issues,” 7/21/09)

CHRISTIE: “What happened was I had been pro-choice before that and I would call myself before that a kind of a non-thinking pro-choice person, kind of the default position that I took and then when my wife was pregnant with our daughter Sarah who is now fifteen, we happened to go to one of the prenatal visits at thirteen weeks. And they put the Doppler on my wife’s abdomen who didn’t look at all pregnant at that point, visibly, and we heard this incredibly strong heartbeat. I remember we came separately, she came from her job and I came from mine, we went back to work. As I was driving back to work I said to myself you know, under my position on abortion I would say that a week ago that wasn’t a life. I heard that heartbeat, that’s a life. It led to me having a real reflection on my position and when I took time to reflect on it I just said you know what? I’m not comfortable with that anymore, that was back in 1995, and I’ve been pro-life ever since.” (CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” 6/14/11)

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The Christie Record …

Protecting Life [ Christians Personhood –sic Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

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As both a candidate and as Governor in one of the most heavily-Democratic states in the nation, Governor Christie has stood by his principles and strongly defended the rights of the unborn.  [ Christians Personhood –sicPro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

* The first pro-life candidate elected statewide since Roe Vs. Wade  [ Christians Personhood –sic Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

* Vetoing funding for Planned Parenthood every year in office
     * Christie supports defunding Planned Parenthood on the federal level as well

* Supporting ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy  [ Christians Personhood –sicPro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

* Supporting Parental Notification and a 24-Hour Waiting Period  [ Christians Personhood –sicPro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

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* The First Pro-Life Candidate Elected Statewide Since Roe Vs. Wade: Governor Christie: “And when they said it could never be done, now twice – twice, for the first time since Roe vs. WWade, New Jersey has elected a pro-life governor of New Jersey.”
 [ Christians Personhood – sic Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

* Vetoing Funding For Planned Parenthood Every Year In Office: Each year since taking office, Governor Christie has vetoed $7.5 million for Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics.

* Governor Christie has also called on the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood and called for a Justice Department investigation into the organization.

* Supporting 20 Week Ban: Governor Christie has voiced support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  [ Christians Personhood – sic Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

* The First New Jersey Governor To Address A Pro-Life Rally: Christie was the first New Jersey governor to address New Jersey Right To Life at their annual rally on the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse.  [ Christians Personhood – Does New Jersey Right to Life support Personhood for pre-birth human beings, at fertilization, with no “exception” ?  Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

* Supporting Parental Notification And A 24-Hour Waiting Period: Governor Christie has called for requiring parental notification before minors could get an abortion, saying it should be “something we can agree on, Republicans and Democrats.” Governor Christie also supports a 24-hour waiting period, stating it “makes sense when someone’s making as difficult a decision as terminating a pregnancy. …”
[ Christians Personhood – sic Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood. ]

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3.  Huckabee campaign – Steve Lefemine, exec. dir., Christians for Personhood personally met (briefly) Governor Mike Huckabee after one of his South Carolina speaking engagements in a “meet and greet” receiving line and brought up the Personhood Questionnaire for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates.  Governor Huckabee instructed Steve Lefemine to give the questionnaire to the person who is his SC campaign State Director who was there present with him.  This was done, however completed questionnaire has not been received.

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Christians for Personhood:

The standard for identifying whether or not a candidate is “Pro-Life” is whether or not the candidate commits to support the legal Personhood of pre-birth human beings IN LAW, at fertilization (conception), and that without “exceptions”, because God’s Word says, “Thou shalt not kill ( murder ).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV.

Being “Pro-Life” is agreeing with God regarding the Sanctity of Human Life which He created.

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Personhood Amendment Supported by SC Pastors Alliance at SC State House News Conference – June 2, 2015 (Video/Audio/Photos)

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“The South Carolina Pastors Alliance, a network of over 500 pastors united together to influence public policy in matters of faith, family and freedom, is sponsoring and supporting an amendment to the SC State Constitution entitled “Personhood”. This amendment will define when life begins and seeks to acknowledge and protect the constitutional and human rights of those pre-born South Carolinians.”

SC Pastors Alliance Press Release, for State House News Conference, June 2, 2015

Dr. Kevin Baird

Dr. Kevin Baird, Executive Director SC Pastors Alliance ( SCPA ) and incoming Director of the National Association of Pastors Alliances at the podium, standing with other supporters of SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment (S.719, H .4093), including other South Carolina pastors, SC Senators, SC Representatives, and Christian pro-life leaders.

– SC State House, Second Floor Lobby ( Between Chambers of SC Senate and SC House of Representatives ), Columbia, South Carolina, news conference commencing prior to beginning of 12:00 noon Senate and House Sessions on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Source: https://twitter.com/shelliadamczyk ( WACH FOX Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist ) [enlarged copied version reduced 75%]

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Video: 2:18 min

wachfox

SC Pastors Alliance supporting abortion amendment
by Shelli Adamczyk
Posted: 06.02.2015 at 6:19 PM
http://www.wach.com/news/story.aspx?id=1212712#.VXBh6s9Vikp

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Full length Audio (only): 13:53 min

(Audio) SC Pastors Alliance news conference – SC State House, Columbia, SC – June 2, 2015
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/DS_20582.WMA

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SC Pastors Alliance State House News Conference pre-event Press Release:

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South Carolina Pastors Alliance

May 30 at 5:21pm · Edited ·

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https://www.facebook.com/cwochurch

https://www.facebook.com/cwochurch/photos/a.233572203470356.1073741829.233416386819271/446930082134566/?type=1&theater

Download and read the complete report (pdf) by Steve Lefemine, exec. dir. of Christians for Personhood here:

http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2015-06-04-Personhood-Amendment-Supported-by-SC-Pastors-Alliance-at-SC-State-House-News-Conference-June-2-2015.pdf

LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012):

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“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. ]

Provided below are four examples of legal experts supporting State-level Personhood legislation in SC, MISS, ALA, and OK:

1) Herb Titus is an attorney, constitutional scholar, author, the founding Dean of College of Law/Gov’t at Regent University.

2) Mathew Staver is present Dean of the School of Law at Liberty University; and Liberty Counsel founder and chair.

3) & 4) Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is President Emeritus of Foundation for Moral Law.

Written Statement of Herb Titus supporting H.3252, “Right to Life Act of South Carolina” given to South Carolina House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee on April 25, 2001
H.3252 – “Right to Life Act of South Carolina” (SC Personhood Bill in 2001-2002 Session of SC General Assembly)
(Herb Titus also testified at this SC House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee hearing live by telephone) 

Liberty Counsel – Legal Memorandum (pp. 1-4, 9-11) supporting Mississippi Personhood Amendment (2009)  
Mississippi Amendment #26 – Personhood Constitutional Amendment ballot initiative certified for November 8, 2011 Mississippi State Election. / Mississippi Secretary of State – Elections | Initiatives – 26 Definition of a Person • PETITION FOR INITIATIVE MEASURETO AMEND THE MISSISSIPPI CONSTITUTION

Alabama Personhood Legislation Talking Points (HB409, HB405, SB301) (2011)
HB409 – Personhood Constitutional Amendment (House); HB405, SB301 – Personhood Statutes (House, Senate)
Source:  Ben DuPré, Personhood Alabama c/o Foundation for Moral Law (April 12, 2011)   [ Current posting ]

Foundation for Moral Law / The Adoption Law Firm – Amici Curiae Legal Brief in the Supreme Court of the U.S. defending Oklahoma Personhood Amendment blocked by OK State Supreme Court from reaching OK voters
PERSONHOOD OKLAHOMA v. BRITTANY MAYS BARBER, ET. AL., No. 12-145
On Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma; Submitted: August 31, 2012
Roy Moore, Ben DuPré, John Eidsmoe / Foundation for Moral Law; Sam McClure / The Adoption Law Firm

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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 ]

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Prepared by Christians for Personhood http://ChristiansforPersonhood.com, PO Box 12222, Columbia, SC 29211,

CP@spiritcom.net.  [ Posted on the ‘Personhood Act’ page of www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net as #120 ]    5/26/2015

South Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Bring Up Vote on Personhood of Unborn

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By Heather Clark – Posted at Christian News Network:

Baby Hand pdCOLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers have formally introduced companion bills that would bring the issue of the personhood of the unborn before voters for the 2016 election.

Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) and Rep. Bill Chumley (R-Spartanburg), both Christians, introduced resolutions before the legislature this week that would allow residents to decide whether the state Constitution should be clarified to note that human rights apply to the unborn.

“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,” S. 719 and H. 4093 read.

The resolution must be approved by two-thirds of the legislature before it can appear on the ballot. …

Read more here…

Press Release: SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment (H. 4093 Introduced)

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SC PERSONHOOD CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

H.4093 Introduced in SC House April 29, 2015, Companion to S.719

PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE:  Thursday, April 30, 2015

FOR FURTHER INFO:Contact, Steve Lefemine, exec.dir., Christians for Personhood

Press Release posted at: http://christiansforpersonhood.com
PO Box 12222, Columbia, South Carolina  29211; CP@spiritcom.net

[COLUMBIA, SC]  The SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment ( H.4093 ) was introduced in the SC House April 29, sponsored by Rep. Bill Chumley ( R-Gvl/Spart ).  This year is the first session of the SC General Assembly in which personhood constitutional amendment legislation has been filed in SC.  H.4093 is a Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the SC Constitution which must first be passed by 2/3 of the SC Legislators in both the House and the Senate, in order to allow SC citizens the opportunity to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on this question on the November 2016 ballot:

“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?”

SC Legislators have had their opportunity to protect the unborn for the past 17 years, during which Personhood Bills have been active in the SC Legislature each and every year ( 1998 – 2015 ).  However, they have failed to do their God-given ( Romans 13:1-4, KJV ), Oath-sworn duty, to “establish Justice” ( Preamble, United States Constitution ).

It is time to let the people vote.  The headline of a notice by Voice of the Unborn about a personhood constitutional amendment, published in The Times Examiner ( Greenville, SC ), April 15, 2015, stated it clearly:  LET US VOTE!

Glory to God, He has already decided.  God says: “Thou shalt not kill ( murder ).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV.  Amen !

Voters in the June 2014 Republican Primary have already approved a personhood constitutional amendment, which won by more than 78% overall in the 45 SC counties in which it appeared on the Official Ballot as Advisory Question #1.  Praise God !  Except for the removal of one hyphen in the word ‘pre-born’, the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment ( H.4093 ) introduced today, is exactly, word for word, identically verbatim to what the Republican Primary voters already approved by more than 78% in June 2014.  So we are calling on SC Legislators, not only to let the people vote, but to let the people vote on what over 240,000 Republican Primary voters have already shown by their votes they believe !!!

Christians among America’s forefathers rendered the historic battlecryNo King but King Jesus!”. [ 1 Tim. 6:15, KJV. ] Beginning in the American Revolutionary period, 240 years ago, William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England were used for perhaps a century or more ( including at times during the 1867-1877 period at USC Law School in Columbia, SC ) to instruct America’s lawyers. Blackstone wrote:Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these. … To instance in the case of murder: this is expressly forbidden by the divine, and demonstrably by the natural law; and, from these prohibitions, arises the true unlawfulness of this crime. … Nay, if any human law should allow or injoin us to commit it, we are bound to transgress that human law,…”  Blackstone sourced the revealed or divine law thusly, “The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the holy scriptures.” (i.e., the Bible)  [ Introduction. Section IIOF THE NATURE OF LAWS IN GENERAL, p.28, ( pub’d ) 1863 ]

With H.4093 introduced, next is assignment to a SC House Judiciary Subcommittee, most likely Constitutional Laws, for a public hearing and passage.  Call, write, e-mail, visit Rep. Greg Delleney ( R-Chester/York ), Chairman of the SC House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Bruce Bannister ( R-Greenville ), Chairman of the Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, and ask them both for a public hearing and passage of H.4093Contact Rep. Greg Delleney in Columbia: 512 Blatt Bldg, Columbia, SC 29201 / 803-734-3120; and in Chester: PO Drawer 808, Chester, SC 29706 / Home 803-385-3580.  Contact Rep. Bruce Bannister in Columbia: 518B Blatt Bldg, Columbia, SC 29201 / 803-734-3138; and in GreenvillePO Box 10007, Greenville, SC 29603 / Home 864-676-9250.

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