SC Personhood Amendment – Focus on Seven Senators ( 5R, 2D ) on Senate Judiciary Committee

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Focus on Seven Senators ( 5R, 2D ) for Tuesday, April 5 meeting of Senate Judiciary Committee:

Please continue to contact / lobby these seven non-supporting SC Senators.

Contact information on the SC Legislature website for all SC Senators is posted here.

Freshman Republican Senators:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester )

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry )

Paul Thurmond ( R – Charleston, Dorchester )

Multi-term Incumbent Republican Senators:

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

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

Freshman Democrat Senators

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

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

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

2) As described on this list of these 22 SC Senators, seven ( 7 ) are co-sponsors and/or have signed the pledge to vote for the S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

3) In addition, Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has agreed to vote for S.719 in the Judiciary Committee; however, as a judicial supremacist, he reportedly remains opposed to S.719 and plans to vote against S.719 if/when S.719 makes it out of Judiciary Committee onto the Senate calendar, and if/when S.719 comes up for debate on the floor of the SC Senate.  Also, Senator Larry Martin has in the past voted for “exceptions” to a ban on child-murder-by-“abortion”, and for the SC taxpayer funding of those “exceptions” ( i.e., he has voted in support of the use of SC taxpayer funds to murder certain children in the womb based upon the circumstances of the their conceptions.  This is murder, because God says, “Thou shalt not kill ( murder ).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV.

4) In addition, one other non-supporting Senator has agreed to abstain from voting, and to at least not vote against S.719.

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Therefore, with a maximum of 21 Senators voting, eleven  ( 11 ) would be needed for a majority, and yet only eight ( 8 ) ‘Yes’ votes in favor of passing S.719 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been identified at the present time.

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.

“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 )

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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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

March 16th – Personhood Day at the SC Capitol in Columbia [ Flyer ]

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After 43 years of baby killing under Roe v. Wade, including 375,000 killed in South Carolina, pro-lifers in SC have a unique window of opportunity to give legal personhood status to the unborn. Here’s how you can participate! 

What: Come to Columbia and talk to your state Senator and Representative to let them know that you support the Personhood Amendment Bill (H4093 in the House, S719 in the Senate). These bills must be passed so that we can vote in November to amend our South Carolina Constitution to protect life beginning at conception.

When: Wednesday, March 16, which happens to be the day that filing opens for all candidates for the June primary. We need to get our legislators on record as to whether they support personhood before the filing period ends on March 30th.

Why: We have made great progress on these bills already. However, without a lot of visible, vocal support from the public, these bills will not get passed, and in fact, will not even get a vote. We must apply pressure NOW in order to get a vote by June.

Where: We will go to their offices in the House office building (Blatt) and the Senate office building (Gressette) first, and then rally in the Capitol building lobby at 1:30 as the Senate goes into session.

Who: You, your family, your friends, your church members. Coordinate with some people in your area to make a GROUP appointment to speak  for 10-15 minutes with your Senator and/or Representative sometime between 9-1:30 on March 16th. Making an appointment now is the key to seeing them.

Click here to register to participate.

Source: https://personhood.sc/personhood-day/