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Two Republican Pro-Personhood Candidates for SC Senate District #20 – Version #2

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Columbia, South Carolina
August 3, 2018  [ To be posted online at: ChristiansforPersonhood.com ]

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Two Republican Pro-Personhood Candidates for SC Senate District #20 – Version #2
– Primary August 14: Benjamin Dunn, Christian Stegmaier
August 3, 2018


Two Republican Pro-Personhood Candidates for SC Senate District #20

– Primary August 14: Benjamin Dunn, Christian Stegmaier – Version #2

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There are four Republican candidates running in the August 14 Primary of the SC State Senate District 20 Special Election.  Two* of these Republican candidates are confirmed supporters of SC Personhood Legislation:

Benjamin Dunn

Christian Stegmaier

* Note: Both of these men are professing Christians and attorneys.

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The purpose of Personhood legislation is to establish justice for all pre-birth human beings, recognizing the Creator God-given unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person”, in law, at fertilization, and that without exception, because God’s Word says, “Thou shalt not kill (murder).”  Exodus 20:13, KJV

SC Senate District #20 includes parts of Richland and Lexington Counties; running from White Rock to Ballentine and Irmo, along I-26 and I-126, thru downtown Columbia, continuing southeast thru Shandon and other Columbia neighborhoods to I-77, and vicinity [ Map ].

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                                                      TheStandardSC.org

Benjamin Dunn vying to represent
Republicans for Senate Seat #20

by Michael Reed | THE STANDARD
http://thestandardsc.org/benjamin-dunn-vying-to-represent-republicans-for-senate-seat-20
August 1, 2018

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Dunn says that “Roe v [W]ade may very well be overturned in the next few years. If so, it will be kicked back to the states to decide.”

Continued…

He says, “… I support the personhood bill in S.C. S.217 [.”]

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Letter signed by Christian Stegmaier received and publicized by Personhood South Carolina ( Gaffney, SC ):

Stegmaier, SC Senate District 20 Candidate, Pledges Support for Personhood…


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From Christians for Personhood:

The above “Dear Candidate” letter (July 18, 2018) from Personhood South Carolina contains this sentence: “This past legislative cycle’s personhood effort had companion bills (S217, H3530) making significant progress in both the House and Senate.” This statement is only half true.  It is true the Senate Bill S217 did see significant progress in the SC Senate in 2017-2018 Session: S217 passed Subcommittee after two public hearings, S217 passed the full Senate Judiciary Committee, S217 was placed on the full SC Senate calendar, and the Judiciary Committee Amendment to S217 was actually approved on the Senate floor.  However, the House Bill H3530 on the other hand, never even had a public hearing in 2017, or in 2018.  And the historical record shows public hearings in Subcommittee have been held in the past for the SC House personhood bill; in 2001, in 2004, in 2005, in 2008 (then-SC Attorney General Henry McMaster also testified at this hearing), and in 2010.  The SC House personhood bill passed out of Subcommittee in both 2004 and 2005.  In 2005, the personhood bill also passed the full House Judiciary Committee (still unamended), before being amended on the floor of the full SC House of Representatives with a fatal flaw so-called “morning-after-pill” (chemical abortifacient) rape “exception” [sic] amendment, then passed the full SC House of Representatives on Second and Third Readings, and was then sent to the SC Senate where two public hearings were held, no vote taken, and it died.

History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina ( 1998 – 2016 )

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Two Republican Pro-Personhood Candidates for SC Senate District #20 – Version #2
– Primary August 14: Benjamin Dunn, Christian Stegmaier
August 3, 2018

SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4 – Report #3:

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
May 10, 2018

SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4 – Report #3:
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SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4 – Report #3:

Personhood Bill S217 vs Hutto “Hyde-Amdt”-type fake “pro-life” replacement amdt to H3548 vs SCCL’s euthanasia Dismemberment Bill H3548

/// On Wed, May 2, Senator Cash offered six amdt’s (No. 12 to No. 17) to H3548 Dismemberment Bill.  Amdt No. 12 exposed the pro-euthanasia aspect of H3548 and attempted to close the “Euthanasia first (Kill the Baby first); then Dismember the Baby” loophole, by proscribing first killing the unborn child, and then dismembering the child

/// However, even that change was opposed by Senator Grooms, who served as point man for H3548, reporting H3548 was supported WITHOUT amdt by National Right to Life, SC Citizens for Life, SC Baptist Convention, SC (Roman) Catholic Conference, and the SC Assn of Pregnancy Centers. These groups support legislation which incrementally regulates child-murder. NONE are supporting Personhood Bill S217

/// After about 3 1/2 hrs of debate, Cash Amdt No. 12 was defeated on 7 Y – 30 N Roll Call vote.  See Senate Journal for 5/2/2018 – https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/sj18/20180502.htm

/// On the previous day, Tues, May 1, when H3548 came up on the Special Order portion of the Senate Calendar (about 5:30pm) Senator Cash proposed Amdt No. 11, which added all of the language contained in Personhood Bill S217; to all the text of Dismemberment Bill H3548, plus one additional sentence proscribing dismemberment of the baby in the case of providing medical treatment to prevent the death of pregnant woman

/// The debate lasted about 1 1/2 hrs, and then Cash Amdt No. 11 was tabled on a 30 Y – 11 N Roll Call vote. See Senate Journal for 5/1/2018 – https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/sj18/20180501.htm

/// Voting Yes to table  Amdt No. 11 were 16 R’s and 14 D’s. Voting No against tabling were 11 R’s

/// S217 Personhood Bill has 19 cosponsors (18 R, 1 D). Of these, 10 R’s  voted No against tabling. Of these, 8 R’s, 1 D voted Yes to table. ///

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SC Personhood Bill S217 Update (May 9):

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Columbia, South Carolina
May 9, 2018

SC Personhood Bill S217 Update (May 9):
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Personhood Bill S217 Update (May 9):

The regular 2018 Session ends Thurs, May 10 (present Sine Die Res H5383 indicates there will be two short extended sessions, one later in May, one in June).

/// On Tues, May 8, by unanimous consent request of Sen Malloy, all Senate bills on Statewide Second Reading part of Senate Calendar were Recommitted to their respective Committees. This included S217 Personhood Bill. So if you look at May 8 Senate Calendar, you will see S217 listed (though contested), but if you look at May 9 Senate Calendar, S217 is no longer there, it has been sent back to Sen Jud Comm.

– SC Senate Calendars – https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sessphp/sencal.php

/// Also on Tues, May 8, two bills related to VC Summer nuclear issue were placed for Special Order in Senate (H4375, H4379). There was no Roll Call vote for either bill to be set for Special Order; Sen Majority Leader Massey made the motions, and it happened. This is what CAN happen when there is the WILL to make something happen

/// If the Senate so WILLED to END child-murder by “abortion”, instead of recommitting S217 back to Jud Comm, the Senate could have set S217 for Special Order.

/// If you look at current version of Sine Die Resolution – House Bill 5383 – https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/5383.htm – current plans are for SC General Assembly (House and Senate) to come back into special session May 23 & 24; then to adjourn again, and then come back again June 27 & 28.  Key point: In BOTH periods, authorized in H5383 for consideration by the SC Legislature is “introduction, receipt, and consideration of legislation concerning the V.C. Summer Nuclear units and related matters”

/// The time limits are self-imposed. The Sine Die Res must be approved by 2/3 of each chamber (House approved initial version of H5383 by 110 Y – 0 N vote yesterday), and it can be changed by 2/3 vote in each chamber

/// If SC’s Legislature so WILLED, Personhood could also be in the Sine Die Resolution !!!

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SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4, 2018 – Report #2:

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
May 8, 2018

SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4, 2018 – Report #2:
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SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4 – Report #2:

Personhood Bill S217 vs Hutto “Hyde-Amdt”-type fake “pro-life” replacement amdt to H3548 vs SCCL’s euthanasia Dismemberment Bill H3548

/// The Hutto “Hyde-Amdt”-type fake “pro-life” replacement amdt language which supplanted the euthanasia Dismemberment Bill language was adopted on a 24 Y – 1 N vote about 9:45pm Wed night, May 2. About one hour later before adjourning for the night, the Senate gave Second Reading (28 Y – 10 N) to H3548, which was now a much different bill, although not a Personhood or true “pro-life” bill. This Hutto/Hyde fake “pro-life” bill did NOT establish Personhood, and had several child-murder “exceptions” for rape, incest, life and serious health risk of mother.

/// The two Roll Call votes above  are listed in Senate Journal for 5/2/2018
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/sj18/20180502.htm

/// Earlier same day, Wed, May 2 (beginning after 3:30pm and continuing into evening), Senator Cash cont’d to offer several Amdt’s (he began with his first major Amdt Tues evening, May 1) to H3548 Dismemberment Bill, which was then still in its pro-euthanasia form; “Redefining How to Kill Babies”, allowing dismemberment of unborn children after  first euthanizing  (murdering) them inside the womb, by sticking a long needle into baby’s heart with an injection, to stop the heart, intentionally causing death. This sick legislation advocated by SC Citizens for “Life” is NOT Pro-Life !!!

/// Amdt No. 12 offered by Senator Cash exposed the pro-euthanasia aspect of H3548 and attempted to close the “Euthanasia first (Kill the Baby first); then Dismember the Baby” loophole, by adding language to also proscribe “… after first killing a living unborn child, knowingly to dismember an unborn child and extract him one piece at a time from the uterus…”

/// None of the several Amdt’s proposed by Senator Cash to H3548 on Wed, May 2 were adopted; text of each one may be seen in Senate Journal ///

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SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4, 2018 – Report #1A:

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Columbia, South Carolina
May 7, 2018

SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4, 2018 – Report #1A:
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SC Senate ‘Abortion’ Bills battle, May 1 – 4 – Report #1A:

Personhood Bill S217 vs Hutto “Hyde-Amdt”-type fake “pro-life” replacement amdt to H3548 vs SCCL’s euthanasia Dismemberment Bill H3548

/// As previously reported, after four unsuccessful Cloture votes during 10 hrs or so of Dem’s filibuster which began about 2:20pm Thurs May 3, sometime before 1am Fri May 4 the Repub super-majority Senate voted 24 Y – 21 N to kill / Recommit back to Med Aff Comm, the Hutto “Hyde-Amdt”-type fake “pro-life” replacement amdt language which had supplanted the euthanasia Dismemberment Bill language, making H3548 now a much different bill, though not a Personhood or true “pro-life” bill either; this Hutto/Hyde fake “pro-life” bill did NOT establish Personhood, and had several child-murder “exceptions” for rape, incest, life and serious health risk of mother

/// Cloture vote #4 (25 Y – 20 N) was just ONE vote short of 26 votes needed, and RINO’s Leatherman and Rankin had again joined the 18 Dem’s to block cloture, AS THEY BOTH HAD DONE ON THREE PREVIOUS CLOTURE VOTES

/// After Cloture vote #4 failed, then Hutto moved to kill / Recommit Hutto / Hyde version of H3548 back to Med Aff Comm, which passed, 24 Y – 21 N. Joining 18 Dem’s to Recommit H3548 were: Campsen, Gregory,   Leatherman, Massey,  Rankin, Shealy

/// RANKIN the DISSEMBLER: “SC Democrats kill Senate GOP’s abortion ban with days-long (sic – hrs) filibuster”
http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article210444234.html – “State Sen. Luke Rankin of Horry, said he voted to end debate on the bill after seeing that Malloy and other senators weren’t going to leave. With just three legislative days left, he noted, a prolonged filibuster would have prevented other important bills, such as those addressing South Carolina’s nuclear fiasco, from passing.”

/// RANKIN did NOT vote to end debate in FOUR Cloture votes ! HE AND LEATHERMAN WERE ONLY TWO REPUB’S (RINO’s) WHO VOTED TO KEEP DEM FILIBUSTER GOING ALL 4 CLOTURE VOTES !!

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CP Note:  These were the four Cloture votes ( the lesser of 26 votes, or 3/5 of those present and voting, needed for cloture):

Cloture #1:  23 Y – 22 N  [ Republican Senators Campbell, Leatherman, Rankin, and Senn joined 18 Democrats to vote No ]

Cloture #2:  24 Y – 21 N   [ Republican Senators Leatherman, Rankin, and Senn joined 18 Democrats to vote No ]

Cloture #3:  24 Y – 21 N   [ Republican Senators Leatherman, Rankin, and Senn joined 18 Democrats to vote No ]

Cloture #4:  25 Y – 20 N   [ Republican Senators Leatherman and Rankin joined 18 Democrats to vote No ]

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Additional information:

RANKIN the DISSEMBLER:

The State ( Columbia, SC )
‘SC Democrats kill Senate GOP’s abortion ban with days-long [ sic – hours-long ] filibuster’
http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article210444234.html
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“State Sen. Luke Rankin of Horry, said he voted to end debate on the bill after seeing that Malloy and other senators weren’t going to leave. With just three legislative days left, he noted, a prolonged filibuster would have prevented other important bills, such as those addressing South Carolina’s nuclear fiasco, from passing.”

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CP Note:  Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) did NOT vote to end the Democrat filibuster on any of the FOUR Cloture votes taken between about 2:20 pm Thursday, May 3 when the Democrat filibuster started with pro-“abortion” Democrat Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) at the podium, and the ensuing approximate 10 hours before the H3548 bill was Recommitted ( killed ) back to the Senate Medical Affairs Committee.

This can be seen in the SC Senate Journal for May 3, 2018:

Senate Journal (5/3/18)
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/sj18/20180503.htm

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The State ( Columbia, SC )
‘How outnumbered Democrats defeated a GOP-backed bill to ban nearly all SC abortions’
http://www.thestate.com/latest-news/article210453304.html#storylink=latest_side
May 04, 2018
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Facing a Democratic filibuster with no end in sight, the Republican-controlled Senate at 1 a.m. Friday voted 24-21 to kill the proposed abortion ban, which made exceptions only for cases of rape, incest or serious medical emergencies.

Banning abortion has been a priority of Republican candidates for governor and the state GOP during this election season. The proposal would have banned some 97 percent of the roughly 5,700 abortions performed in South Carolina each year.

The Friday collapse was a reversal from the 28-10 Senate vote late Wednesday night to pass the ban. But Democrats vowed to filibuster the third and final Senate vote. Senate Republicans gave in early Friday morning after four unsuccessful attempts to sit the Democrats down.

Ending the filibuster would have required 26 votes, but Republicans could get only 25 by 1 a.m. Friday.

The Senate has 18 Democrats.

“With three (legislative) days remaining and other issues affecting a lot of South Carolinians that we have to address and no realistic opportunity of success in sight, we had to move on,” said Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, an Edgefield Republican who pushed to end the Democratic filibuster and ultimately voted to stop the debate.

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The proposal this year would have been the most restrictive ban of them all. That’s because state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, essentially dared Senate Republicans on Wednesday night to drop their proposed ban on rare “dismemberment” abortions and instead vote for an outright ban on almost all abortions in the Palmetto State.

The Republicans liked his suggestion, voting 24-1 to adopt it just before adjourning for the night. The vote amplified the abortion debate, offering S.C. Republicans a chance to pass a law that could spark a court challenge to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a woman’s right to an abortion.

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“It was going to be enjoined immediately and challenged in court,” Hutto said. “There was certainly a risk that it was going to pass, I understood that. But a risk that it was going to substantially change the law in South Carolina? Not unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, which I don’t think is going to happen.”

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All 45 eligible senators were present for the final vote at 1 a.m. Friday. If the filibuster had continued into next week, it could have killed a number of other bills that still must pass the Senate. That includes a handful of proposals addressing South Carolina’s $9 billion nuclear fiasco.

“We didn’t have the votes,” Senate Majority Leader Massey said. “We weren’t going to get the votes no matter when it was.”

A few Senate Republicans repeatedly voted against ending the Democratic filibuster, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Luke Rankin, R-Horry, and Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence.  Both are former Democrats.

State Sen. Katrina Shealy, a vocal abortion opponent who has caught flak for voting ­ along with several other Republicans to end the debate, said carrying on the debate into Friday was pointless.

“Everybody was willing to come back and debate the bill,” the Lexington Republican said. “But it was at a point where the same things were being said over and over again. We just didn’t have the votes. Why keep beating the issue over and over when you don’t have the votes?”

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Gov. Henry McMaster’s office Friday said the Richland Republican was keeping an eye on the debate.

“This underscores the need to elect conservative Republicans that are willing to fight for the unborn, against the Democrats funded by the Planned Parenthood machine,” McMaster said Friday on Facebook. “The people of South Carolina deserve better than this, which is why I ordered that NO state funds go to Planned Parenthood. I promise that I will continue to fight until the lives of every person ­ young and old, born and unborn ­ are protected in our great state.

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Massey said he expects the Senate’s strongest abortion opponents to be back next year with new proposals. But, he said, Senate Republicans should make sure they have the votes to win before setting up a debate on such a controversial issue.

“There might be a little more caution about jumping into something without having an exit strategy,” he said.