South Carolinians aim to put personhood for the unborn on the ballot in 2016

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May 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Citizens of South Carolina will get to vote in November 2016 on whether the state should recognize unborn life from conception if a constitutional amendment introduced Wednesday in the state’s Senate gets lawmakers’ approval.

It’s the first time the state has attempted to enact a personhood amendment to the state’s constitution. Personhood bills, however, have been introduced in the legislature every year since 1998, without success.

The amendment, Joint Resolution S. 719, filed by Republican Senator Lee Bright, will need to pass with a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the legislature, for it to be allowed to then go before South Carolina citizens for a vote.

“It is time to let the people vote,” pro-life advocate and Christians for Personhood Executive Director Steve Lefemine said in a statement.

Bright, along with fellow GOP Senators Ronnie Cromer, Mike Fair, Larry Grooms, and Danny Verdin, pre-filed another similar bill, S. 129, last December, according to FitsNews.com.

That measure seeks personhood through a vote in the legislature, and holds “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” and that these rights “vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human person.”

The S. 129 bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 13, and has still yet to receive a hearing.

With constitutional amendment S. 719 South Carolina residents could have the opportunity to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on the November 2016 ballot to afford the same privileges and immunities given citizens of South Carolina and the U.S., including the right to life and equal protection under the law.

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It states:

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?

South Carolina Republican voters approved a personhood constitutional amendment in June 2014 by more than 78 percent overall in the 45 counties where it appeared on the ballot. The wording is the same in the current amendment before the State Senate.

“So we are calling on South Carolina legislators, not only to let the people vote,” Lefemine said, “but to let the people vote on what over 240,000 Republican primary voters have already shown by their votes they believe.”

Next up for personhood constitutional amendment S. 719 is its assignment to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for a public hearing and potential passage.

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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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. …

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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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SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment – House companion Joint Resolution

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SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment

Joint Resolution H.4093

http://scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/bills/4093.htm

Introduced in SC House April 29, 2015

A Joint Resolution

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3, ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO EXTEND THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS OF THIS STATE TO BORN AND PREBORN PERSONS BEGINNING AT CONCEPTION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION 1. It is proposed that Section 3, Article I of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding the following new paragraph at the end:

“Section 3.a. 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.”

SECTION 2. The proposed amendment in Section 1 must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the 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?

Yes []

No []

Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word ‘Yes’, and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word ‘No’.”