Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood

Published by:

Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
January 28, 2018

Personhood Report:

In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood

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In both Webster’s Dictionary and Black’s Law Dictionary used by attorneys, the first definition for “Person” is: “A human being.”

Black’s Law Dictionary (2009): Person = “A Human Being”

“person. … 1. A human being. – Also termed natural person.
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2013-12-09-Blacks-Law-Dictionary-Person-3.pdf

So Is or Is Not the developing preborn baby in the womb of a human mother, “A human being.” ?

Yes, of course.  The answer is obvious:


living unborn baby at eight weeks
http://clinicquotes.com/abortion-at-8-weeks-pictures/

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This page
[ below ] shows pictures of abortion at 7 weeks.
First, here are some pictures of living unborn babies at 7 weeks:


http://clinicquotes.com/abortion-at-7-weeks/

 

http://clinicquotes.com/abortion-at-7-weeks/

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Any “Exceptions” to Personhood, and we no longer have Personhood, we no longer have a Personhood Bill.

Either a child in the womb is a human being and therefore a person, or they are not.  There are no “Exceptions” to Human Personhood.

The Black’s Law Dictionary and the Webster’s Dictionary first definition of a “Person”, is “A Human Being” !!!

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Personhood Legislation was first introduced in the South Carolina General Assembly in February 1998 ( H.4558, S.1060 ), and has been active every year since, including in the current 2017-2018 SC Legislative Session:

2017-2018 Personhood Bills in the SC State Legislature: S.217, H.3530

History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina ( 1998 – 2016 )
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-11-12-History-of-Personhood-Legislation-in-South-Carolina-1998-2016.pdf

So February 2018 will mark 20 years in which Personhood legislation has been active in the SC State Legislature.

During the 19 years from 1998 to 2017, a SC Personhood Bill passed the full SC House of Representatives ONE TIME, on April 14, 2005, albeit with a fatal flaw so-called “morning-after-pill” rape “exception” amendment which was unfortunately added on the floor of the SC House of Representatives, after the bill ( H .3213 – 52 co-sponsors ) had passed both the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee and the full House Judiciary Committee, without amendment.  There can be no “exceptions” to recognizing the “Personhood” of all human beings at fertilization ( conception ), or we no longer have Personhood [ See also Footnote #54 of 1973 Roe v. Wade Opinion ].

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Re: Roe v Wade, Footnote #54 – “Life of the Mother”

United States Supreme Court
ROE v. WADE, (1973)
No. 70-18

Argued: December 13, 1971   [ Re-argued October 11, 1972 ]

Decided: January 22, 1973

[ Note: Oral Reargument which focused on the “Personhood” of the preborn human being ( aka “fetus” ) took place October 11, 1972
– Audio here (approx 64 minutes), Transcript here ]

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/410/113.html

Roe v Wade, Footnote #54 – Re: “Life of the Mother”
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/410/113.html#f54


[ Footnote 54 ]
When Texas urges that a fetus is entitled to Fourteenth Amendment protection as a person, it faces a dilemma. Neither in Texas nor in any other State are all abortions prohibited. Despite broad proscription, an exception always exists.  The exception contained [410 U.S. 113, 158]  in Art. 1196, for an abortion procured or attempted by medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother, is typical. But if the fetus is a person who is not to be deprived of life without due process of law, and if the mother’s condition is the sole determinant, does not the Texas exception appear to be out of line with the Amendment’s command?”  [ emphasis added ]

There are other inconsistencies between Fourteenth Amendment status and the typical abortion statute. It has already been pointed out, n. 49, supra, that in Texas the woman is not a principal or an accomplice with respect to an abortion upon her. If the fetus is a person, why is the woman not a principal or an accomplice? Further, the penalty for criminal abortion specified by Art. 1195 is significantly less than the maximum penalty for murder prescribed by Art. 1257 of the Texas Penal Code. If the fetus is a person, may the penalties be different?  [ emphasis added ]

Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood

Published by:

Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
January 27, 2018

Personhood Report:

No Exceptions to Personhood
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No Exceptions

Dr. Patrick Johnston, Abortion and Healthcare
https://youtu.be/7uQn6Z0A7eg
Video – 6:18

Dr. Patrick Johnston discusses why doctors might proscribe abortion in cases where the life or health of the mother is in danger.

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Pro-Life Without Exception
[ Video documentary of multiple testimonies ]
https://youtu.be/zwazODlTOBk
Video – 58:33

Is abortion helpful in cases of rape or incest?
What about fetal deformity?
What about threats to the life or health of the mother?
Hear the stories of those who have actually been involved in these difficult circumstances.

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South Carolina Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on SC Personhood Bill S.457 – March 13, 2014

Dr. Patrick Johnston, Director, Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians,
Statement S.457 Senate Judiciary Subcomm. Hearing
March 13, 2014

“Abortion – the direct killing of the preborn child – is never necessary to save the mother’s life.”

[ Written statement of Dr. Patrick Johnston introduced during testimony by Dr. Henry Jordan before SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee at public hearing on SC Personhood Bill S.457 on March 13, 2014 – video (begin 8:00) ]

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Life of the Mother “Exception” by American Right to Life

http://americanrtl.org/life-of-the-mother-exception

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Are There Rare Cases When an Abortion Is Justified?

– By Dr. Patrick Johnston, D.O., Dir., Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians
http://prolifephysicians.org/app/?p=59

Personhood Report: Opposition of Pope-Appointed US Roman Catholic Bishops to Multiple States’ Personhood Legislation: 2006 – 2012

Published by:

Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
January 11, 2018

Personhood Report:

Opposition of Pope Appointed US Roman Catholic Bishops to Multiple States’ Personhood Legislation: 2006 – 2012

Michigan (2006)
Georgia (2008)
Colorado (2008, 2009/2010, 2012)
Montana (2008, 2009)
North Dakota (2009)
Florida (2009)
Missouri (2010)
Mississippi (2011)

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Opposition of Pope Appointed US Roman Catholic Bishops to Multiple States’ Personhood Legislation: 2006 – 2012

http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2018-01-09-Opposition-of-Pope-Appointed-US-Roman-Catholic-Bishops-to-Multiple-States-Personhood-Legislation-2006-2012.pdf

Michigan (2006)
Georgia (2008)
Colorado (2008, 2009/2010, 2012)
Montana (2008, 2009)
North Dakota (2009)
Florida (2009)
Missouri (2010)
Mississippi (2011)

[ Flyer with hyperlinks posted at: http://christianlifeandliberty.net/, News 2011-2018 page ]

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[ 2012 – Colorado ] Colorado [ Roman ] Catholics for Personhood

Re: Colorado [ Roman ] Catholic Conference Letter – March 20, 2012
https://coloradocatholicsforpersonhood.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/scan0010.pdf

Re: [ Roman Catholic ] Archdiocese of Denver [ Colorado ] Letter – April 2, 2012
https://coloradocatholicsforpersonhood.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/scan0010.pdf

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[ 2011 – Mississippi ] New York Times
Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight
October 25, 2011  [ Excerpts, emphasis, comments within [  ] added ]

“[ Vatican proxy ] National Right to Life and the Roman Catholic bishops, have refused to promote it, …”

“[ Pope appointed ] Bishop Joseph Latino of Jackson, Miss., said …  the Roman Catholic Church does not support [ Mississippi Personhood Amendment ] …”

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[ 2011 – Mississippi ]
US Roman Catholic Bishops and National Right to Life*** do NOT support Personhood legislation
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/11/07/us-roman-catholic-bishops-and-national-right-to-life-do-not-support-personhood-legislation/

***CP Note:

Vatican proxy National Right to Life was formed under the auspices of the then-National Conference of (Roman) Catholic Bishops in 1968 – five years BEFORE ( !? ) Roe v. Wade in 1973, and just three years AFTER the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, with Vatican II’s major emphasis on Ecumenism; which is one major reason why Rome’s Hierarchy is PERPETUATING  “abortion” in America; i.e., to PERPETUATE the “Pro-Life Movement” which has been for years such  a fruitful platform for Rome to promote its anti-Bible, anti-Christ, ecumenism.  Rome is first and foremost about promoting Rome.  Rome’s goal is to make the formerly majority Protestant United States of America more Roman Catholic. ( And by the invasion of millions of illegal aliens from Central and South America, Rome is also achieving this strategic hegemonic goal by Romanizing America through Illegal Immigration. )

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[ 2010 – Missouri ] Missouri [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ mocatholic.org ]:
Joint Statement of the Missouri [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops on the Personhood Amendment Petition Drive
April 19, 2010

Missouri Personhood Amendment (2010)  [ Ballotpedia ]

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[ 2009 / 2010 – Colorado ] Colorado [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ cocatholicconference.org ]:

Colorado [ Roman ] Catholics for Personhood
Re: Colorado Roman Catholic Bishops’ Letter – October 1, 2009

Second Poll: Colorado Personhood Amendment Likely to Lose  [ LifeSiteNews.com ]

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[ 2009 – Montana ] Montana [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ montanacc.org ]:
Statement by the Roman Catholic Bishops of Montana
November 19, 2009

Human personhood and ill-advised [ Roman ] Catholic bishops [ Renew America
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December 10, 2009

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[ 2009 – Florida ] Florida Conference of [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops [ flaccb.org ]:
Florida Personhood Amendment, Sep 2009
September 9, 2009

Florida Bishops Oppose Personhood Amendment  [ LifeSiteNews.com ]
September 29, 2009  [ Text within [  ] added ]

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[ 2009 – North Dakota ] North Dakota [ Roman ] Catholic Conference [ ndcatholic.org ] North Dakota [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops Opt to Preserve Roe v. Wade
  ( Right Side News )
April 2, 2009

Statement of the [ Roman ] Catholic Bishops of North Dakota on Pro-Life Legislation in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly
March 12, 2009

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL NO. 1572

Effects of totally gutting HB1572 and replacing with amendment proposed by the North Dakota Roman Catholic Bishops

‘Personhood’ bill fails, Bismarck Tribune [ North Dakota ]
April 3, 2009

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[ 2008 – Montana ] The Billings Gazette (MT)
[ Roman Catholic ] Bishops won’t back abortion [ personhood ] measure  [ Edited ]
February 29, 2008

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[ 2008 – Colorado ] The Denver Post
[ Ro  man ] Catholic Conference does not back personhood amendment  [ Edited ]
February 28, 2008

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[ 2008 – Georgia ] The Georgia Bulletin
The Newspaper of the [ Roman ] Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
[ Roman ] Catholic Conference Hosts Feb . 5 Day At Capitol
Published January 17, 2008

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[ 2006 – Michigan ] Detroit News
Abortion foes split over ballot – Michigan constitutional amendment would say life begins at conception.  [ Edited ]
May 30, 2006

[ 2006 – Michigan ] Celebrate LIFE Magazine
Sabotage in Michigan [ sabotage of a pro-life legislation drive ]
JANUARY 01, 2007  [ Note: Roman Catholic author ]

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The US Supreme Court has done to the US Constitution what the Roman Catholic Church Hierarchy has for centuries done to God’s Word, the Holy Bible: usurped, perverted, ignored, corrupted and rejected the authority of the written text for its own pronouncements:

The Christian Statesman – “For the  Crown Rights of Jesus Christ”

Court Tradition, or the Constitution Alone?
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-02-06-The-Christian-Statesman-Nov-Dec-2005-Court-Tradition-or-the-Constitution-Alone.pdf
November-December 2005  Vol. 148., No. 6, pp. 15-19.

Excerpts [ pp. 15-16 ]:

‘… the [ US ] Supreme Court became to the [ US ] Constitution what the Roman Catholic Church had become to the Bible. Constitutionally speaking, there are few “Protestants” today.  Few believe in the doctrine of the [ US ] Constitution alone. Few even know it exists.’

We Are All Constitutional Romanists Now [4]

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During the Reformation, Roman Catholics and Protestants were divided by a basic, theological question.  On what did authority rest?  Did it rest on the Bible plus church tradition or on the Bible alone?  The same theological question divides Romanists and Protestants today.  Rome holds to tradition.  Protestants reject it.’

     ‘In the constitutional realm, a similar question should divide Americans today.  On what does the legal authority of the government of the United States rest?  On the Constitution plus Court precedents or on the Constitution alone?  In the political establishment there is no doubt.  The Constitution plus Court precedent are the pillars of authority.  This gives the men and women of the legal establishment great power … when it comes to the ultimate law of the United States, virtually all Americans today are “Romanists.” ‘

     ‘Of course, ignorance permits deception.  Americans must become constitutionally literate.  There must be a reformation in the way citizens see the role of the [ Supreme ] Court.  There must be a people who raise the banner of “The Constitution Alone.” Christians must be those people.  They should be able to see the parallel between Scripture Alone and Constitution Alone.’

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‘GOD Has Shown US Great MERCY…What Will We Do with the OPPORTUNITY?
Letter to the Editor / Opinion Editorial
Steve Lefemine, Christian pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
exec. dir. Christians for Personhood
November 12, 2016 / Edited, Revised November 14, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-11-12-GOD-Has-Shown-US-Great-MERCY-Letter-to-the-Editor.pdf

Personhood is Abolition
Personhood is abolition.  Here in South Carolina, we have advocated passage of State personhood legislation continuously for the last 19 years since 1998 [ History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina ( 1998 – 2016 )  ].
The current 2017 legislation in the SC Legislature is called the Personhood Act of South Carolina ( S .217 / H.3530).
– South Carolina Personhood legislation recognizes the Creator God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in SC law.
Steve Lefemine
exec. dir., Christians for Personhood
March 15, 2017 [ Edited July 15, 2017 ]
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-03-15-Personhood-is-Abolition-edited-July-15-2017.pdf

‘For the Murdered Unborn, Incrementalism is Not Justice’
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/04/11/for-the-murdered-unborn-incrementalism-is-not-justice/
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-04-10-Incrementalism-is-Not-Justice-Incrementalism-is-Evil.pdf

Black’s Law Dictionary (2009): Person = “A Human Being”
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2013-12-11%20%20Blacks%20Law%20Dictionary%202009;%20Person%20=%20A%20Human%20Being.docx

LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012):
 – Herb Titus is an attorney, constitutional scholar, author, the founding Dean of College of Law/Gov’t at Regent University
Mathew Staver is former Dean of the School of Law at Liberty University; and Liberty Counsel founder and chair
– Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is President Emeritus of Foundation for Moral Law
   April 5, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-04-05-Legal-experts-supporting-constitutionality-of-State-level-Personhood-legislation-SC-MISS-ALA-OK-edited-Jan-27-2017.pdf

(The Times Examiner) ‘Personhood and 2018 SC Legislature’ – ‘Pass Personhood Now !’ – Jan. 3, 2018

Published by:

Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
January 9, 2018

The Times Examiner (Jan. 3, 2018):

Personhood and 2018 SC Legislature

‘Pass Personhood Now !’

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The 2018 Session of the SC Legislature has begun today, Tuesday, January 9. The regular Session runs through May 10, 2018.  There are therefore about four months for the Personhood Act of SC to be first passed by the Republican-majority SC Senate ( 28R, 18D ), and then by Republican-majority SC House ( now 78R, 44D, 2 vacancies ), and then signed by the Republican Governor of South Carolina ( who has already written in this October 2, 2017 Letter his willingness to do so ).

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The Times Examiner ( Greenville, SC )
INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF THE PALMETTO STATE

‘Personhood and 2018 SC Legislature’
‘Pass Personhood Now !’
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2018-01-09-Personhood-and-2018-SC-Legislature-Pass-Personhood-Now!-The-Times-Examiner-Jan-03-2018.pdf
January 3, 2018

[ Excerpts, emphasis, hyperlinks added ]

In 2018, South Carolina has an opportunity to make US history becoming the first State to pass personhood into law, thereby Establishing Justice for pre-birth human beings.

     SC Governor Henry McMaster has stated in a letter ( Oct 2, 2017 ) he will sign the Personhood Act into SC Law.

     SC Representative Greg Delleney (R-Chester), chairman of the SC House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly stated he will get the bill passed in the SC House of Representatives if it is first passed in the SC Senate.

Senate Bill S.217, the Personhood Act of South Carolina, passed a SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on April 26, 2017, and awaits consideration by the full Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by SC Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry).

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General Calendar for events in 2018:

1) NLT Tuesday, January 16, 2018:  Favorable Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) out of the full Senate Judiciary Committee (presently 13 R, 9 D; should be 14 R, 9 D with Senator Richard Cash added).

2) NLT Tuesday, January 30, 2018:  Assignment of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217) to the Special Order slot ( giving bill higher priority for full Senate floor debate ) of the Senate Rules Committee (presently 10 R, 7 D).

3) NLT Tuesday, April 10, 2018:  “Crossover” deadline to get bills from one Chamber to the other.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC Senate (28 R, 18 D).

4) NLT Thursday, May 10, 2018:  Last day of regular 2018 Legislative Session.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217 / H.3530) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC House (77 R, 44 D, 3 vacancies).
[Rep. Greg Delleney, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly promised passage in the House.]

5) Prompt Signing of Bill into SC Code of Laws:  SC Governor Henry McMaster
“Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law.”
– South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Letter to Dr. Matthew Clark, Personhood South Carolina, Oct. 2, 2017

       Please go to http://www.scstatehouse.gov/ , click on Senate Committees, then on Judiciary. Calls are needed now from constituents to the 12 Republican Senators listed (beside lead S.217 sponsor Rex Rice), urging them to support and vote for favorable passage of the Personhood Act of SC ( S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of this Judiciary Committee
by Tues., Jan. 16, 2018.

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Additional postings provided by Christians for Personhood:

SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER LETTER
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster :
“Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law.”
Letter to Dr. Matthew Clark, Chairman of the Board, Personhood South Carolina
October 2, 2017

‘GOD Has Shown US Great MERCY…What Will We Do with the OPPORTUNITY?
Letter to the Editor / Opinion Editorial
Steve Lefemine, Christian pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
exec. dir. Christians for Personhood
November 12, 2016 / Edited, Revised November 14, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-11-12-GOD-Has-Shown-US-Great-MERCY-Letter-to-the-Editor.pdf

Personhood is Abolition
Personhood is abolition.  Here in South Carolina, we have advocated passage of State personhood legislation continuously for the last 19 years since 1998
[ History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina ( 1998 – 2016 )  ].
The current 2017 legislation in the SC Legislature is called the Personhood Act of South Carolina ( S .217 / H.3530).
– South Carolina Personhood legislation recognizes the Creator God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in SC law.
Steve Lefemine
exec. dir., Christians for Personhood
March 15, 2017 [ Edited July 15, 2017 ]
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-03-15-Personhood-is-Abolition-edited-July-15-2017.pdf

‘For the Murdered Unborn, Incrementalism is Not Justice’
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2017/04/11/for-the-murdered-unborn-incrementalism-is-not-justice/
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2017-04-10-Incrementalism-is-Not-Justice-Incrementalism-is-Evil.pdf

Black’s Law Dictionary (2009): Person = “A Human Being”
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2013-12-11%20%20Blacks%20Law%20Dictionary%202009;%20Person%20=%20A%20Human%20Being.docx

LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION
IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012):
 – Herb Titus is an attorney, constitutional scholar, author, the founding Dean of College of Law/Gov’t at Regent University
Mathew Staver is former Dean of the School of Law at Liberty University; and Liberty Counsel founder and chair
– Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is President Emeritus of Foundation for Moral Law
   April 5, 2016
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-04-05-Legal-experts-supporting-constitutionality-of-State-level-Personhood-legislation-SC-MISS-ALA-OK-edited-Jan-27-2017.pdf

Newsletter: Personhood Act of SC – S.217 (Dec 29, 2017)

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Christians for Personhood   

P.O. Box 12222, Columbia, S.C.  29211  *  CP@spiritcom.net

God says:  “Thou shalt not kill (murder).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV

 

Dec. 29, 2017

PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Dear Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood Christians,

The Personhood Act of SC (S.217) favorably passed a five-man SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on April 26, 2017 by a vote of 3 Yeas ( Rice, Gambrell, Talley) to 2 Nays ( Bright Matthews, McLeod ).  Although S.217 was listed ninth ( Letter I ) on the Agenda of the full Senate Judiciary Committee on May 2, 2017, as S.217 was coming up for deliberation, Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) effectively unilaterally “carried over” ( with no vote by the committee members ) another bill and S.217, to take up other bills ( view Senator Rankin’s maneuver at: SC Legislature Video Archives – begin at 1:16:45 ).  Then at the very end of the committee meeting, Senator Rankin returned to S.217; however, the meeting had already run overtime, and two Republican Senators supporting S.217 had already left the committee meeting room.  So Senator Rice as S.217 lead sponsor, was forced into the necessarily wise decision to move to “carry over” the bill ( SC Legislature Video Archives – see video at 2:06:50 ), which is how regular 2017 Legislative Session work on bills ended for Senator Luke Rankin’s Judiciary Committee.

So Senator Rankin’s Session-long “slow-walk” of the bill ( including assigning pro-“abortion” Democrat Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D-Colleton) to be Subcommittee chairman ! ) was not successful in completely blocking the bill, but was successful in employing another RINO Senate tactic, of delaying the bill, as he had not even assigned the bill to a Judiciary Subcomm. until March 22, 2017, well over two months after S.217 was introduced by then-Senator Kevin Bryant ( now SC Lt Gov ), on the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session, January 10, 2017.  This is background for the 2018 SC Legislative Session, which begins January 9, 2018, and ends about four months later, May 10, 2018. The sprint to the end of this 2nd year of the two-year 2017-2018 Legislature means timely Senate action is critical !

With this understanding of the critical importance of timing in 2018, here are some broad benchmarks:

1) NLT Tuesday, January 16, 2018:  Favorable Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) out of the full Senate Judiciary Committee ( presently 13 R, 9 D; should be 14 R, 9 D when Senator Richard Cash added ).

2) NLT Tuesday, January 30, 2018:  Assignment of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) to the Special Order slot ( giving bill higher priority for full Senate floor debate ) of the Senate Rules Committee ( presently 10 R, 7 D).

3) NLT Tuesday, April 10, 2018:  “Crossover” deadline to get bills from one Chamber to the other.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC Senate ( 28 R, 18 D ).

4) NLT Thursday, May 10, 2018:  Last day of regular 2018 Legislative Session.  Passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217 / H.3530 ) with no “exceptions” amendments out of the full SC House ( 77 R, 44 D, 3 vacancies ).

[ Rep. Greg Delleney, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly promised passage in the House. ]

5) Prompt Signing of Bill into SC Code of Laws:  SC Governor Henry McMaster

“Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law.”

– South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Letter to Dr. Matthew Clark, Personhood South Carolina, Oct. 2, 2017

Please go to http://www.scstatehouse.gov/, click on Senate Committees, then on Judiciary. We need calls now from constituents to the 12 Republican Senators listed (beside lead S.217 sponsor Rex Rice), urging them to support and vote for favorable passage of the Personhood Act of SC (S.217) with no “exceptions” amendments out of this Judiciary Committee by Tues., Jan. 16, 2018.  God’s Requirement for Murder is Justice ( Amos 5:15, KJV ).

 

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine, Christian pro-life missionary

exec. dir., Christians for Personhood

 

[ This newsletter w/ hyperlinks is posted at: http://christianlifeandliberty.net, click on “Personhood Act” page, go to item #139. ]