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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Christians for Personhood opposes this bill.

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

We do not have the right to commit murder.

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

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

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Oklahoma Bill S.B. 1552

An Act

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

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

[ Excerpts ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Republican-Majority SC Senate approves State-Funding of Planned Parenthood by 31 – 8 vote – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Columbia Christians for Life (CCL)
Columbia, South Carolina
May 8, 2016

Republican-Majority SC Senate approves State-Funding of Planned Parenthood by 31 – 8 vote – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Republican-Majority (27R, 18D, 1 vacancy) SC Senate votes to approve Section 33 of State Budget (2016-2017) with Planned Parenthood Funding (SC Dept of HHS – Medicaid) by 31 – 8 vote ( 3 abstentions )

– Only these eight Senators voted Nay to Section 33 with Planned Parenthood Funding:  Bright, Bryant, Corbin, Shane Martin, Massey, Shealy, Verdin, Young.
(all Republicans – 8)

– These 31 Senators voted Aye to Section 33 with Planned Parenthood Funding:

Republicans (15): Alexander, Bennett, Campbell, Campsen, Cleary, Courson, Fair, Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Hembree, Leatherman, Larry Martin, Peeler, Turner

Democrats (16):  Allen, Coleman, Hutto, Jackson, Johnson, Kimpson, Lourie, John Matthews, McElveen, Nicholson, Reese, Sabb, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen, Williams

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Senator Kevin Bryant ( R-Anderson ) publicly states votes No to Section 33 of State Budget because  “that’s where Planned Parenthood funding is.”

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/video/videofeed.php

Click on:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016  10:00 am
Senate — Senate (Session)
Video – 1:41:09

Begin watching video at 54:30

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Senate vote on Section 33 of State Budget, May 4, H .5001, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL:

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p38

The Senate proceeded to Sect. 33, Part 1A and Part 1B, Health and Human Services.

The “ayes” and “nays” were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 31; Nays 8; Abstain 3

AYES

 

Alexander                
Allen                    
Bennett
Campbell                 
Campsen                  
Cleary
Coleman                  
Courson                  
Fair
Gregory                  
Grooms                   
Hayes
Hembree                  
Hutto                    
Jackson
Johnson                  
Kimpson                  
Leatherman
Lourie                   
Martin,
Larry            
Matthews, John
McElveen                 
Nicholson                
Peeler
Reese                    
Sabb                     
Scott
Setzler                  
Sheheen                  
Turner
Williams

Total–31

NAYS

 

Bright                   
Bryant                   
Corbin
Martin,
Shane            
Massey                   
Shealy
Verdin                   
Young

Total–8

ABSTAIN

 

Davis                    
Malloy                   
Matthews, Margie

Total–3

Section 33, Part 1A and Part 1B, was adopted.

Statement by Senators BRYANT and SHANE MARTIN

 

We voted no on Section 33 because of our opposition to funding Planned Parenthood.

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After voting by Senators completed on Section 1 through Section 118 of the FY 2016-2017 State Budget ( Appropriations Bill ), then came the final vote on Third Reading, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

WITH THE APPROVED SECTION 33 INCLUDING STATE-FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, the final  Third Reading vote in the Republican-Majority SC Senate for H.5001 FY 2016-2017 State Budget, was 36 Ayes5 Nays.

– Only these five Senators voted Nay to the FY 2015-2016 SC State Budget with State-Funding of Planned Parenthood in Section 33Bright, Bryant, Corbin, Shane Martin, Massey.
( all Republicans – 5 )

– These 36 Senators voted Aye to the FY 2015-2016 SC State Budget with State-Funding of Planned Parenthood in Section 33:

Republicans (19): Alexander, Bennett, Campbell, Campsen, Cleary, Courson, Davis, Fair, Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Hembree, Leatherman, Larry Martin, Peeler, Shealy, Turner, Verdin, Young

Democrats (17):  Allen, Coleman, Hutto, Jackson, Johnson, Kimpson, Lourie, Malloy, John Matthews, Margie Matthews, McElveen, Reese, Sabb, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen, Williams

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THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CONSIDERATION OF H. 5001, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

Pursuant to the unanimous consent motion adopted Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Senate proceeded directly to H. 5001, the General Appropriations Bill.

H. 5001–GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL
AMENDED, READ THE THIRD TIME
RETURNED TO THE HOUSE

H. 5001 ( Word version) — Ways and Means Committee: A BILL TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS AND TO PROVIDE REVENUES TO MEET THE ORDINARY EXPENSES OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2016, TO REGULATE THE EXPENDITURE OF SUCH FUNDS, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE OPERATION OF STATE GOVERNMENT DURING THIS FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the third reading of the Bill.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p12

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Final vote on Third Reading in Senate, May 4, H. 5001, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL.
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p100

The question then was third reading of the Bill.

Senator SHANE MARTIN spoke on the Bill.

The “ayes” and “nays” were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 36; Nays 5

AYES

Alexander                
Allen                    
Bennett
Campbell                 
Campsen                  
Cleary
Coleman                  
Courson                  
Davis
Fair                     
Gregory                  
Grooms
Hayes                    
Hembree                  
Hutto
Jackson                  
Johnson                  
Kimpson
Leatherman               
Lourie                   
Malloy
Martin,
Larry            
Matthews,
John           
Matthews, Margie
McElveen                 
Peeler                   
Reese
Sabb                     
Scott                    
Setzler
Shealy                   
Sheheen                  
Turner
Verdin                   
Williams                 
Young

Total–36

NAYS

Bright                   
Bryant                   
Corbin
Martin,
Shane            
Massey

Total–5

 

The Bill was read the third time, passed and ordered returned to the House of Representatives with amendments.

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Shortly after voting to approve the final Third Reading vote for H.5001 FY 2016-2017 State Budget by a 36 5 vote, WITH THE APPROVED SECTION 33 INCLUDING STATE-FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, the Republican-Majority SC Senate proceeded to Adjournment at 11:49 A.M., upon the motion of Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence):

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p100

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 11:49 A.M., on motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11:00 A.M., under the provisions of Rule 1B.

[Note: A Rule 1B Session is a perfunctory Session, not a regular Session; the next regular Session had already been agreed to be a week later, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  See  below.]

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Note: Earlier in Session ( which began at 10:00 A.M. ), Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence) made this motion (Note also – it was approved “with unanimous consent):

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p16

Motion Adopted

 

On motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, with unanimous consent, the Senate agreed that, when the Senate adjourns Wednesday, May 4, 2016 it stand adjourned to meet under the provisions of Rule 1B on Thursday, May 5, 2016, Friday, May 6, 2016, and Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  The Senate would meet in regular session on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

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Note: So, The next time the Senate would meet in regular session would be one week later, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
at 2:00 P.M.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Greenville News ( Greenville, SC )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

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

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

SC Personhood AmendmentDay of Decision for Special Order in SC Senate

– Tuesday, April 19, 2016 ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – Surprise Senate Vote to give open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 failed 2/3 required by just ONE vote, 28-16 !

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 16, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment – Surprise Senate Vote to give open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 failed 2/3 required by just ONE vote, 28-16 !

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10 Republicans* joined by all 18 Democrats voted for Special Order for H.3189 April 14.

Thankfully, 28 was at least ONE vote short of the 29 required 2/3 super majority (29 of 44 Senators present and voting), because 16 Republicans voted against this surprise Motion for Special Order for H.3189 by Senate President Pro-Tempore, 35-year incumbent Senator Hugh Leatherman (Darlington, Florence).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Strategy and Action going forward through this Tuesday, April 19:

1) Born-again Christians, PrayThank God for His sovereign intervention Thursday afternoon, April 14, defeating the surprise Motion for Special Order for H.3189Thank God for using the 16 Republican Senators who voted against Senator Leatherman’s Motion.  Pray God would turn the hearts (Proverb 21:1, KJV) of especially the three Republican Senators who are S.719 co-sponsors and/or pledgers (Cromer, Hayes, Young), but who voted to give away the open Special Order slot to H.3189.

2) The Senators supporting Special Order for H.3189 are planning to try again next week; it is possible another Special Order vote for H.3189 could be taken as early as Tues., April 19.

[ Notice at the end of the Senate Journal for April 14, right after the Special Order vote for H.3189, the record of remarks made by Senator Joel Lourie (D), Senator Hugh Leatherman (R), and Senator Larry Martin (R) noted in the Senate Journal as “Expression of Personal Interest”.  These were essentially pleas/challenges/reproofs for not setting H.3189 for Special Order in the 28 – 16 vote just taken, and exhortations to do so in the future.  The archived videotape of the April 14 Senate Session is located here [ click on Thursday, April 14, 2016  11:00 am Senate, begin at videotape time 1:15:10 ].  Note that embedded within these Senators’ remarks are also remarks by other Senators who also supported Special Order for H.3189 – Senator Paul Thurmond (R), Senator Luke Rankin (R)  [ Luke Rankin welcomed Larry Martin to the “Gang of 28” ], and Senator Vincent Sheheen (D).  Senator Larry Martin (R) is facing three Republican Primary opponents June 14, and he wishes to see the so-called  “dark money” bill H.3189 passed, to take effect in the future after 2016.  Senator Larry Martin (R) began his remarks ( begin at videotape time 1:23:00 ) with these words: “… I don’t think anybody in here has had a bigger target on their back regarding the expenditure of third party money, than I have.”  Realize therefore the significance of this “campaign funding/ethics” bill H.3189 in the mind of 23-year incumbent Senator Larry Martin, in the future after 2016.  During Larry Martin’s remarks, fellow H.3189 supporter, Democrat Senator Vincent Sheheen even “humorously” offered to come up to Pickens County to endorse Larry Martin’s opponent (the thinking being that endorsement of the opponent(s) by a Democrat would hurt the opponent in that opponent’s run as a Republican, thus helping incumbent Larry Martin).

3) Instead, we pray a Special Order vote for S.719 will be taken and will succeed on Tues., April 19. So please call and e-mail the Republican and Democrat Senators further below, as many as you are willing, by NLT Tuesday morning, April 19 when the Republican Senate Caucus meets at 11AM prior to the 12 noon Session in the Senate chamber, saying to them words to this effect:

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

[ Notice also at the very end of the Senate Journal for April 14, after the “Expression of Personal Interest” by Senator Larry Martin, is one more “Expression of Personal Interest” by Personhood Amendment supporter Senator Kevin Bryant (R).  Senator Bryant’s remarks included these welcome words: “… I did vote No on Special Order for a couple reasons.  One reason is …  Another reason is, we’ve got a bill, S719, called Personhood Bill, and if we can save lives of the unborn, I would much rather save lives of the unborn than some of our re-elections.”  The archived videotape of the April 14 Senate Session is located here [ click on  Thursday, April 14, 2016  11:00 am Senate, begin at videotape time 1:34:15 ].

[ Members of the SC Senatehttp://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S ]

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Please Call and E-mail as you are willing to the South Carolina Senators below.

Recommend you call each Senator’s Gressette Building phone number first; then if you are willing to send an e-mail, that can be done two different ways: 1) Go to the webpage of each individual Senator ( click on links below, or go to www.scstatehouse.gov, click on “Senators” and then on each individual Senator’s name ), and on the individual Senator’s webpage, click on, “Send message to Senator ________” ), fill out and “Send” the e-mail, or 2) use the e-mail addresses below.  If you want to go another step, call the other numbers which the Senator has listed in their biographical information on their Senate webpage, such as home and/or business number(s).  This last option is probably the best if you wish to try to speak personally with the Senator yourself.  If you have the opportunity to do so,
leave messages on any voicemail.

When you call / e-mail any of these Senators, please say to them words to this effect:

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

1) Please first contact these three Republican Senators who are S.719 co-sponsors and/or pledgers, but who voted among the 10 Republicans to give H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14:

Ronnie W. Cromer E-mail: RonnieCromer@scsenate.gov

Robert W. Hayes, Jr. – E-mail: RobertHayes@scsenate.gov

Tom Young, Jr. – E-mail: TomYoung@scsenate.gov

2) Please next contact your own Senator, Republican or Democrat:

[ Members of the SC Senatehttp://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S ]

3) Then next contact these other seven Republican Senators who voted among the 10 Republicans to give H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14:

Thomas C. Alexander – E-mail: ThomasAlexander@scsenate.gov

Paul G. Campbell, Jr. – E-mail: PaulCampbell@scsenate.gov

Raymond E. Cleary, III – E-mail – RayCleary@scsenate.gov

Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. – E-mail: HKL@scsenate.gov

Larry A. Martin – E-mail: LarryMartin@scsenate.gov

Luke A. Rankin – E-mail: LukeRankin@scsenate.gov

Paul Thurmond – E-mail: PaulThurmond@scsenate.gov

4) Then next contact these five Republican Senators who voted on the right side with the 16 Republicans who voted against giving H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14, but who are presently neither co-sponsors, nor pledgers in support of S.719:

Sean Bennett – E-mail: SeanBennett@scsenate.gov

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III – E-mail – ChipCampsen@scsenate.gov

John E. Courson – E-mail: JohnCourson@scsenate.gov

Greg Hembree – E-mail: GregHembree@scsenate.gov

Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. – E-mail: HarveyPeeler@scsenate.gov

5) Then next contact these three Democrat Senators who have co-sponsored Personhood Bill in the past, and who once voted in support of a Personhood Bill Recall from Committee:

Darrell Jackson – E-mail: DarrellJackson@scsenate.gov

Glenn Reese – E-mail: GlennReese@scsenate.gov

Kent Williams – E-mail: KentWilliams@scsenate.gov

6) Then next contact this Democrat Senator who abstained from voting against S.71 in the full Judiicary Committee vote on April 12, 2016:

J. Thomas McElveen, III – E-mail: ThomasMcElveen@scsenate.gov

[ Note: A vote tally for the April 12, 2016 Senate Judiciary Committee vote on favorable passage of S .719 received  from the Senate Judiciary Committee staff is reporting Senator Karl Allen (D) and Senator Gerald Malloy (D) also voted against S.719.  If this is accurate, the April 12 vote would be 11 – 7, not 11 – 5. ]

7) Then next contact these 12 Republican Senators who are co-sponsors and/or pledgers in support of S719, and who were among the 16 Republican Senators who voted correctly against Special Order for H3189 on April 14 ( except Shane Martin who was on leave from the Senate), if you would like to thank and encourage them to stand in the battle which is expected next week:

Lee Bright – E-mail: LeeBright@scsenate.gov

Kevin L. Bryant – E-mail: KevinBryant@scsenate.gov

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin – E-mail: TomCorbin@scsenate.gov

Tom Davis – E-mail: TomDavis@scsenate.gov

Michael L. Fair – E-mail: MikeFair@scsenate.gov

Chauncey K. Gregory – E-mail: GregGregory@scsenate.gov

Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms – E-mail: LarryGrooms@scsenate.gov

Shane R. Martin – E-mail: ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov

A. Shane Massey – E-mail: ShaneMassey@scsenate.gov

Katrina Frye Shealy – E-mail: KatrinaShealy@scsenate.gov

Ross Turner – E-mail: RossTurner@scsenate.gov

Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin, III – E-mail: DanielVerdin@scsenate.gov

8) Finally contact the remaining 14 Democrat Senators:

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

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

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

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211